October 18, 2018 - November 10, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 18, 2018 6-8pm
Gallery Madison Park is pleased to present “Studio Apartment” a group exhibition. “Studio Apartment” will run from October 18, 2018 - November 6, 2018 with an opening reception Thursday, October 18th from 6-8 p.m.
This group exhibition is an eclectic mix of eight artists who’ve come together with pieces that make a mock studio apartment in New York City. Within the walls of Gallery Madison Park will be a playful studio apartment filled with objects that create a fantasy living environment. Amongst the work is a wonderfully excessive bed for the bedroom by Holly Wilson, a quirky and fun installation of sculptures by Deric Carner for the bathroom, animations of monsters, heroes, soccer stars by Case Jernigan playing in the living room television, along with a chair by Debbie Quick that looks as if it’s from a fairy tale. And decorating the walls of the Studio Apartment are colorful and exciting works by Tatana Kellner, Erica Mao, Laura Mosquera and Wen Yu.
Deric Carner makes sculptures about the body as sites of trauma, pleasure and identity. He uses techniques that emphasize the human touch, such as hand molding and haptic presentations. He invites viewers to let go of the notion of the real or true self, to allow for an acceptance of entropy and free play. In this, the ideal of a perfect body gives way to an uncovering the possibilities of bodies and an endless becoming of identity.
Case Jernigan’s light boxes and animated films focus on textural shifts, scale juxtapositions and the importance of an otherworldly or alien light, drawn from childhood sentiment, dreams, and constant battle with visual aura inducing migraines. The works are nostalgic adventures that explore borders, maps, mazes, cross-section picture books, comic heroes and zigzagging Saturday morning cartoons.
Tatana Kellner’s work presents a poetic vision of the visceral nature of experience, the space between abstraction and representation and the excitement of the unknown. Her process is organic and intuitive, beginning with a mark or a large abstract shape, which lead her to create an optical and emotional experience. From the tentative beginnings, to the new figure or associative element that emerges; she responds to a sense of ambiguity, of things under the surface.
By combining layers of silkscreen, woodcut, and hand painted elements Erica Mao constructs a world that draws on classic americana landscapes and architectural structures. Within these worlds she introduces strange figures and objects that fill the space with a creeping sense of foreboding and an undercurrent of depravity. A figure or shadow that belongs in this stark environment reminiscent of middle of nowhere America. By introducing these figures and objects she starts to reveal a hidden depravity that is often present in the dark corners of polite society.
Laura Mosquera uses the physical shape of the canvas to depict a psychological or emotional experience or feeling. The relationships of the shapes within the painting are dynamic and can push, pierce and bounce against each other, defining themselves and how they relate to one another. Some shapes within a painting can be twisted or bent within the composition, but find a path to exist in a beautiful way. Like a problem creating and solving process, she pieces the shapes together to become a cohesive whole of interesting complexity.
Debbie Quick’s work is filled with the imagery, antiquated terms and unsettling archetypes of a fascinating story. The works act as multilayered stories which are based on how she sees, experiences, and questions the world around her. Odd and uncanny characters warrant further examination to expose the absurdity of their symbolic function.
Holly Wilson’s sculptural works are conglomerations of discarded objects and by products that form obsessive units that ‘enhance’ the everyday routine. Although society constantly strives to obtain eternal bliss through convenience and technology, it never seems like enough. Her work questions what happens when our desires and routines are so modified and convenient that one subliminally forgets what it is like to experience reality.
Wen Yu’s mixed media work explores the line between digital and handcraft, where most of the layers are designed in software and then screen-printed and hand-drew on the surface.The geometric patterns and the organic movements contrast reality with a sense of time and space.