Curated by JW Caldwell for the CAC Project Space
September 5 – October 5, 2013
The artists selected for this exhibition were chosen for their use of unconventional methods and materials. In the art world’s constant quest for “The New,” anything out of the ordinary quickly draws attention. These artists have found ways to translate their classical training into works created in ways not traditionally employed. These photographs are not just photographs, paint has become sculpture, lowly materials have transformed into objects of nostalgia, mark-making processes are as much science experiments as art, and constructions are deconstructed.
These Indelicate works lie on the edge of discomfort, appearing ready to break or unravel. However, the trust and faith that these artists have in their concepts and exploratory process gives these works the strength to hold their own, and help us consider the world in different ways. There is always a fragility involved in new endeavors, but the works of these artists have proven to hold together and stand strong on their own.
Chris Bauder has become known for his poured latex paint sculptures that exude sensuality. While the process remains evident, the forms achieved carry a whimsical sexuality into an uncomfortable territory in part due to his use of a familiar material treated in an unfamiliar manner.
Justin Favela‘s creations at once appear both crudely crafted and cleverly referential. His cardboard reconstructions of familiar artworks and his pinata sculptures return the viewer to a youthful age where imagination reigned and nostalgia was born.
Todd Duane Miller sees the world through a lens, but that isn’t enough for him. His photographic constructions broaden the purpose of traditional photography, while his incorporation of photo transfer techniques alter the reliability of the documentary process, forcing the viewer to adhere to a new, more subjective reality.
Brent Sommerhauser can’t be troubled with doing things the easy way. Every endeavor becomes a challenge of “what if” and a blatant disregard for Ockham’s Razor (the notion that the simplest plan is usually the best). There is certainly more than one way to skin a cat, but Brent has made it his mission to come up with the most convoluted and poetic way imaginable.
Erin Stellmon is like an archaeologist wielding a wrecking ball. Her vision presents the world in mid explosion and presents it to you with the elegance of a lace doily and the playfulness of a Shrinky-Dink.