EXHIBITION DATES: March 20 – April 25, 2015
Curated by Geoffrey ‘Skip’ Cullen, the show includes works by Scotty Bellissemo, Greg Clem, Randy Colosky, Mark DeJong, Dana Hemenway, Jake Isenhour, Matt Jones, Chris Vorhees, and Benjamin White. The opening reception is March 20th, 2015 from 6-9pm.
As a culture, we are accustomed to how materials are prefabricated for consumer consumption and the consistency of their application. The exhibition, Post Fabricationinvestigates contemporary approaches to subverting the meaning of prefabricated and functional building material. Artists participating in Post Fabrication share common references to capitalism, labor practices, spirituality, and the history of minimal art through the language of construction and building materials. Prefabricated materials invoke discussions and at times arguments as to how we interact with the world. Perhaps, as Michael Fried postulated in “Art and Objecthood”, minimal artwork is theatrical and indistinguishable from the other objects of the room. Building materials are abstracted one step further away from the ordinary than an every day ready made. Building materials also reference manual labor and create connections to physical places. Perhaps due to the rise in industrialization and mechanization of the world, these objects have gained popularity as romanticized symbols of our collective will.
It seems necessary to revisit the concept of the readymade in the context of today’s artists working with construction materials. Perhaps through this exhibition of abstracted ordinary, we can better understand the place of construction materials and our relationship to them in contemporary culture. Post Fabrication attempts to be an earnest look at the theatricality artists from across the country are bringing to these forms today.
Wave Pool supports emerging and established artists from the Midwest and beyond; discovering the new and contributing to the surrounding community through experimental art exhibitions, interpretation, and programming. Wave Pool is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.