APRIL AT VERGE GALLERY :: LIKENESS, AND AWKWARD OBJECTS
April 7 – April 30, 2016
Likeness // Roomsheet :: HERE
Awkward Objects // Roomsheet :: HERE
PUBLIC PROGRAM ::
+ Collective Club Art Crit :: April 16, 1-3pm
Likeness strives to capture both the adolescent subjects and the medium of photography during a shared period of evolution. This generation of teenagers is playing an important role in directing the future of photography through the adoption of new technologies. In turn, as these adolescents are beginning to assert their independence and form their own identities, photography is playing an ever more important role in the way those identities are established. I have captured these portraits on a smartphone then placed the phone in the enlarger to make a traditional silver gelatin print. This enmeshment of photographic histories and technologies results in portraits that become more unclear and obscure the closer you get to them.
Sach Catts, Francesca Heinz, Eloise Kirk, Mark Shorter and Ben Terakes
Awkward objects offers five diverse practices presented through sculpture, multi-media installation and performance. Artists Sach Catts, Francesca Heinz, Eloise Kirk, Mark Shorter and Ben Terakes all employ sculpture as both an object and a verb. Each artist produces a dialectical space to ignite a theatrical interaction between the artwork and the viewer. The experience of these artists work is visceral and pre-verbal; objects are made to be viewed and experienced with and by the body.
This group of artists believe that artworks hold performative potential either in their materiality or employment as performance props. Humor, antagonism and danger pose possible threats. The viewer is implicated, willingly or otherwise, in the play of relationships and actions the work sets out. Each artist’s work eschews evangelism and yet exercises ambivalence toward concrete outcomes. Amongst these practices performance (present or implied) offers an experimental and indeterminate zone wherein ideas are worked out as one goes.