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Project 5: Stranger Than Function
November 7- December 20, 2014
Project 5: Stranger Than Function, is an exhibition of objects by Matt Lynch and Chris Vorhees, who have been collaborating for more than two decades innovating forms that invite audiences to look closely at the ways materials and objects infuse our quality of life.
Lynch and Vorhees met in art school at Ball State, Indiana in 1989, where through their participation in informal collaborative events and art activities they realized their shared sense of humor, Midwestern sensibility, and interest in sculptural materiality, woodworking and furniture. By 2000, they had begun collaborating on projects that have captured the attention of critics and curators interested in the analysis of installation art, art in public spaces, and art as social practice.
For Project 5, Lynch and Vorhees pepper Zephyr Gallery with a set of objects that challenge prevailing notions about style and consumption. Some of the objects are made collaboratively, while others (most) are individual projects. These parts make up the whole exhibition, bringing into sharp focus a confluence of moments when domestic space is rendered absurd by our voracious appetite for style, an insatiable love of consumption, and the intrinsically beautiful gestures of the DIY movement.
Project 5: Stranger Than Function Artist Reception will be held on Saturday, November 8, from 5-8 p.m. Matt Lynch will serve his consumable piece, Rice Crispy Block, to all in attendance. Saturday, December 13, from 5-6 p.m., Vorhees and Lynch will discuss their involvement in public art projects since the late 1990′s. Working under their own names and also with SIMPARCH, their experiences have ranged from site specific installations, commissions, permanent works and temporary works for public institutions and commercial enterprises. Their presentations will be followed by a conversation guided by curator, Yasmeen Siddiqui.
Project 4: …sweet Home
August 29 through October 25, 2014
Project 4: …sweet Home brings together seven Kentucky and Indiana artists: Aurora Parrish, Colleen Merrill, James Wade, Brian Harper, Lee Ann Paynter , Zoe Strecker, Willard Tucker, with furniture provided by Dan Chaffin Furniture Makers. It is curated by Dima Strakovsky, one of the co-founders of Land of Tomorrow Gallery. …sweet Home will be exhibited from August 29 through October 25. The artist reception is August 29 from 6-9pm at Zephyr Gallery. First Friday Trolley Hop dates are September 5 and October 3, from 6-9 pm. There will be an on-site talk dealing with Labor and Time in Kentucky-based creative production on Friday, September 19, starting at 7:00 pm. This will be complimented by Strecker’s off-site projects – directed walks through a section of Pine Mountain Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19. (Signups will be available at the gallery). The show will culminate in an estate sale on Sunday October 26, 12-6pm. Select fine arts objects will be sold together with other inhabitants of the domestic setting.
Instead of showing works in a traditional gallery setting, we turn to the place that Zephyr Gallery once was – a house. Houses are complicated places to view artworks since in these spaces’ interior design logic often clashes with artistic choices. Galleries are a lot more “neutral” and convenient. We often talk around or willfully ignore this particular problem but in …sweet Home, we quite directly enter into it!
In the weeks prior to the show, the gallery space will be populated by furniture and several of the artists are invited to expand on this setting via installation works. The gallery will get a makeover as a living space. Second group of artists will populate the “domesticated” exhibition with objects that speak to a variety of labor practices present in Kentucky context. Craft, material, gender, geography – these are our building blocks in …sweet Home. By playfully arranging them in the space of the domestic, we can truly engage the local color and cultural imagination.
June 6 through August 16, 2014
Project 3: Analog / Analogy is a two-part exhibition co-curated by artists Ryan Daly and Jake Heustis and Independent Curator Suzanne Weaver. The first part opens June 6 and runs through July 12th; second part opens July 17th and runs through August 16, 2014. Gallery hours are Thursday–Saturday, 11:00 a.m.– 6:00 p.m., or by appointment. First Friday Trolley Hop dates are June 6 and August 1, 2014. Part I: Analog – Artist Reception and Audio Video Performance, will be held Friday, June 20, 7-10 p.m. Part II: Analogy – Artist Reception, will be held Friday, July 25, 6-9 p.m.
(Part I) Analog (June 6 – July 5) will include works by Heustis and Daly that are produced and exhibited using analog signals. An analog signal is a continuous signal that contains time-varying quantities. Unlike a digital signal that uses specific values to represent information, an analog signal has constant fluctuations. These fluctuations are the basis of Heustis and Daly’s work. Heustis’ brushless oil paintings, thick impasto grids of pure and vibrant fields of color, applied straight from the tube without manipulating the color create a direct and visceral presentation of oil paint as a medium. Meanwhile Daly’s monochromatic time-lapse photography, captured on Instax instant film, is a record of shifting light. Exposing a single frame at a time, in a grid of 100 exposures, Daly captures not only a moment in time, but also the change in light from moment to moment to moment. This fascination of time variation is also represented in Daly’s 16mm film sculpture The Projectionist Has Left the Building, whichscreens continuously throughout the month.
In (Part II) Analogy (July 10-August 16), through a collaboration with twenty-four artists, Heustis and Daly continue this exploration of analog by focusing on the linguistic root of the word analog: analogy. Instructed to “interpret what they see,” on paper (22 x 30 in/each), this collaboration investigates the cognitive process of transferring information or meaning from a particular subject (the analogue or source) to another particular subject (the target). Using the Analogy of the Cave, or Plato’s Cave, it has been argued that analogy is “the core of cognition”, in which perception is necessary for analogy to occur.
April 4 through May 24, 2014
Project 2: Defining Installation is Zephyr Gallery’s second proposal-based exhibition in the series and the first collaboration with the University of Louisville. Curated by Susan Jarosi, Associate Professor of Art History, and students in her installation art seminar, Project 2 features original works of installation art commissioned from four local artists: Jenna Richards, Rosalie Rosenthal, Shohei Katayama, and Michael Ratterman. These four artists were charged with creating a work of installation that explored one or more of the “defining” aspects of the medium – scale, the production of space, space and its relation to the body, immersion, site specificity, to name just a few. Focusing on the exhibition’s theme as well as the history, theory, and praxis of installation art over the last forty-plus years, the students in the seminar have made their own contribution by producing an exhibition catalog and installing a study space in the gallery that includes a specially selected library of texts on installation art.
Project 2: Defining Installation opens April 3 and runs through May 24, 2014, Thursday–Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., or by appointment. The gallery will also be open for the First Friday Trolley Hops on April 4 and May 2, from 6:00–9:00 p.m. A Hite Art Institute sponsored Artist Reception will be held on April 11 from 5:00–7:00 p.m at Zephyr Gallery.
February 14 through March 22, 2014
Project 1: Ariel Lavery and Liz Clayton Scofield is Zephyr Gallery’s first proposal-based exhibition curated by Independent Curator Suzanne Weaver. While the art of both Lavery and Scofield is informed by critical ideas and issues of art today – identity, body, and narrative, for example – they each bring their personal experiences to the making and presenting of their work. This in turn gives the work resonance and deeply engages audiences on many levels, from the physical to the psychological.