Opening Friday May 4 2018 (7-10PM)
Featuring new works by: Luca Barolli, Lauren Betty, Andrew Catanese and Igor Korsunskiy,
Work from the four individual artists fills the space around the collaborative focal point. Each piece represents the artists’ own intimate thread connecting themselves and their work to the collaboration process. As the eye moves from focal point to periphery, the installation unravels, revealing its individual parts and the conceptual lines tying them together.
The beautiful thing about Exquisite Corpse is its complete and utter detachment from any kind of traditional process. In this game, an individual scribbles an image on a piece of paper, folds it, and releases it to another who does the same. By the end of the game, the paper unfolds to reveal a mechanism that no one artist could have imagined without the others. Unraveled employs this technique of non-communicative collaboration in an exercise of letting go; in unraveling one’s perspective of one’s own work. Upon entering the gallery space, two projected videos confront the viewer, looping each artist’s process and thus pulling back the curtain and unraveling the mystery that often surrounds completed works. A central collaborative piece combines four very different artistic voices and styles in such a way that leaves interpretation open to viewer and artist alike. Each artist took turns adding to the piece over a one month period, leaving the next artist to adapt their contributions to the previously unseen work before them. In being forced to improvise composition and meaning, each contributor is unraveling the threads that tie them individually to the centralized piece.
Artist Statement: "I look at walls on the streets that have aged and corroded over time and see them as works of art. Chipped paint, rust patterns, splitting wood...these are natures masterpieces..in the man made world. The deterioration of paint, metal, and wood has the most spectacular spectrum of color and shape.. I try and take this concept to my canvas’. My art is a reaction to the world, and nature that surrounds me. My concept has to do with freedom, seeing opportunities everywhere in nature, and translating them as paintings. These images already exist, all that’s needed are the tools to allow them to transform and show themselves to the world. I respond with paint to canvas and allow the paintings to take on a life of their own. Many times beauty comes through accident, as in nature." Her website can be found at www.laurenbetty.com
Andrew Catanese attended the Sam Fox School of Art and Design at Washington University in St. Louis where he obtained a BFA in Studio Art. He currently lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia from his studio at the Goat Farm Arts Center where he is an artist-in-residence with The Creatives Project. He shows regularly with Kai Lin Art in Atlanta. He has also shown in galleries and museums in New York, NY; St. Louis, MO; Bethlehem, PA; Florence, Italy; Richmond, Va; and throughout Georgia. His work stems from growing up in the South as a queer, secular man. The dense, tapestry-like images are populated with figures in disguise caught in moments of violence and intimacy, surrounded by the thick, heavy foliage of the South. His paintings draw heavily from literature, biblical narratives, and classical myth, but also use landscape as ways to discuss how we form the image of our self. His website can be found at www.andrewcatanese.com
Artist Statement: I began working mostly in oil on canvas in a representational manner, influenced heavily by Surrealism. After strong criticism of my work, I immediately started to expand my palette of materials and started working in many different mediums. While practicing in multiple mediums I also discovered my appreciation for “meaningful coincidences”. This relationship is especially important in the process of my found object work, although it finds its way into most all of my work as I take somewhat of a “holistic” approach. It might take a couple of months or a few years to complete a piece, but the inception of most ideas start when I find the initial object. Typically I will sketch the idea immediately when it comes, conserving the pure, immediate expression of that vision and composition. The rest of the process is simply waiting for the other objects to manifest themselves. Most found object pieces are like souls crying to be discovered. They want to be heard, to be explained. It's like the idea finds its body. Working without attachment to a specific medium allows me to think and work in installation and design immersive experiences.
Much of my inspiration I draw from a duality I find in nature: beauty evident within the imperfect, perfection within the inherently flawed. It is a motif I also find to be constantly perpetuated in society, born from a fusion between the creative forces of nature and ancient art.