“Natural Tendencies” Exhibition


poster for “Natural Tendencies” Exhibition

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Although these artists work with mass produced construction materials such as foam, metal, silicon, plaster, and concrete, they’re primarily inspired by themes of nature and natural phenomena. By representing their notion of the natural world and its rich metaphoric properties, Barrios, Belanger, and Cave create figural references that remind the viewer of our precarious place in nature.

Javier Barrios does not shy away from asking complex questions about our origins that science and religion have grappled with for centuries. His artistic practice encompasses the terrains of utopia and reality and draws inspiration from science fiction, visions of the future, technology, architecture, science and space exploration, and nature. The fundamental components of his work ask philosophical questions surrounding the existence of Mankind and our need for definition in this arena. In “Natural Tendencies,” Barrios presents multiple paintings and objects that employ contrasting artistic idioms. The layers of meaning present in the work hint at the vastness of the universe and the relatively contracted nature of human exploration. His use of organic images and materials is often contrasted with more scientific and mathematically informed imagery.

In her newest and most comprehensive body of work, Genesis Belanger has literally used the outside world to organically age her exquisite objects. Working in an expansive studio in Vermont over the course of the summer, many of the sculptures were left outdoors to be tested by the elements. Her fascination with combining disparate materials such as metal and porcelain creates strange and beautiful objects. Although Belanger chooses to work with traditionally masculine materials, her color choices and nuanced handling of the material demonstrate a delicate sensibility. The objects embody movement even when stationary, or in constantly floating mobil. A recent wall sculpture “I can do anything you can do-better/Science for girls” combines LED in a rotational pattern shaped like the axis of a planet mounted on a metal structure.

Joshua Cave approaches sculpture with a painter’s eye for form and surface. As a process-oriented artist, he combines cast forms with found objects, creating unusual juxtapositions that attempt to reveal what is inside or underneath. Whereas his cast sculpture assemblages have a felt weight to them, his approach to painting is characterized by minimal and light brushwork. With his most recent two-dimensional explorations, Cave draws on memories and photographs of a place and its associated objects, while revealing limited contextual information. With his painterly style, he affords the viewer a small glimpse of his imagined world inspired by nature.



from November 07, 2014 to December 07, 2014

Opening Reception on 2014-11-07 from 19:00 to 22:00

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