JEFF HANTmAn: Informal structures
may 4, 2018 - may 30, 2018
Jeff Hantman is intrigued by the challenge of working with wood in an unconventional way by creating curved structures and assemblages with this rigid material. An alumni of the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in printmaking, Hantman is an avid scavenger and recycler; he is drawn to discarded items, from plywood with oil stains to metals covered in old paint. His studio is packed with weathered objects, plywood scraps, 2x4s, broken furniture and a variety of other found / used materials. Hantman combines woodworking, painting, drawing, printmaking, laser cutting, and CAD to create curved wall hangings and freestanding sculptures.
Hantman worked on a combination of digital tools during his residency at Local Language: the CNC to cut armatures and the UV flatbed to print imagery on found wood. Back in his studio Hantman reassembled the artworks, modifying and adjusting imagery to create new narratives and compositions.
VICTORIA WAGNER: OUR VISION WILL BE BETTER ON THE MOON
MARCH 2, 2018–APRIL 1, 2018
In this series of dimensional paintings made during her residency at Local Language, Wagner ponders questions of human cognitive and physical flexibility in regards to atmospheric, industrial, political, and emotional change. She remains darkly optimistic, continuing to scale her color scheme, materiality, and mark-making to meet the 1970 voyage of the Apollo 14 and the epic experiences and ethereal, transcendent conclusions of astronaut and noetic scientist, Edgar Mitchell.
HOWARD HERSH: WITHIN / WITHOUT
DECEMBER 1, 2017–JANUARY 3, 2018
For this body of work created in Local Language's Artist in Residency program, the artist experimented with two new media: printed wall drawings and constructed wood pantings. These pieces create a deeper and wider field of vision, inviting the viewer to expand their understanding of context and their place within/without structure.
sean hibmacronan: beautiful bones
November 3–november 30, 2017
At Local Language, HibmaCronan has continued his practice by creating a series of sculptures with intricate bone structures to honor the character and texture found from the metamorphosis of his "street legal sculpture," created from a 1963 Ford Falcon Deluxe Clubwagon.
MICHAEL KOEHLE: WATER WATER
OCTOBER 6–november 1, 2017
Koehle investigates properties of water, using paper, resin, 3D printing, CNC machining, and laser cutting. At Local Language, he is experimenting with imaging the simulated motion of water. By tracing the paths of individual water particles, he reveals the invisible patterns moving below the water's surface.
CHRIS TRUEMAN: PARALLEL
Trueman’s work made in the Local Language residency is a combination of painting and pigment print on anodized aluminum. This unique interaction of print and paint on the reflective surface allows for a back-and-forth relationship of positive and negative, reversing the norm of gestural painting by presenting the gestural mark and its inversion within the same space.
TREASURE FREY: TEMPORARY BOUNDARIES
In her recent work, Frey has been exploring a juxtaposition of simplicity and complexity, inspired by the contrasts found in her environment. While her work is not representational, the process of creating a piece - and a series - could be a way of relating to a complex and chaotic world. Revising and perfecting lines brings an amount of order; their starkness on a textured canvas, a bit of clarity. Amorphous shapes emerge, resisting that order. Patterns appear, then disintegrate. Just as weeds grow in sidewalk cracks, the lines of a maze are only temporary boundaries.
JEN GARRIDO: RHYTHM
Garrido constructs her paintings and drawings by using a delicate balance of choice and process. In response to personal narrative and internal dialogue, to the push and pull of the compositions' internal gravity, and to the medium of the paint or drawing materials, she projects images and forms onto the surface. As the artist composes, shapes weave through the picture plane and the gestures she records can read alternatively as flat or as dimensional and sculptural. Garrido favors nature-based forms and rhythms and is drawn to shapes that tangle, overlap, sit, lean and lay. By weighing ambiguity with representation, Garrido works through the many stages of each piece, gradually arriving at a final composition.
VICTORIA JANG: SERVICE/REPAIR
In Victoria Jang’s recent work produced at Local Language, she explores the ubiquitous family operated beauty supply stores, the proliferation of which became synonymous with Korean American businesses in Black communities. Merging traditional Korean ceramic techniques, Jang morphs abstract sculptural forms into complex tangles of nails. Along with the sculptural winding forms, Jang's humanized landforms tied conceptually to geography explore the interwoven and complex relationship of these two minority communities and businesses that dominated the phenomenon of the beauty supply industry. Jang’s work is a complex weave of expectations, and misconceptions of transitioning communities.
MICHAEL CUTLIP: DEPARTURES
Throughout his residency at Local Language, Cutlip expanded upon his signature abstract style by experimented with paper and printed collage making, using hang work along with print technology to create unique new layered artworks.
meghan bogden shimek: transformation
Shimek and Local Language collaborated on this exhibition to transform woven works into printed art objects. By experimenting with color blocking and text, the woven pieces have experienced a metamorphosis from decor to artwork exploring social movement, vulnerability, and dissent.
tobias tovera: uncharted terrain
During the one-month residency, Tovera created a new series of work through experimentation and map imaging, incorporating printing and mark-making using minerals, water, solvent, and fire. The images and objects result from processes of accumulation evolving out of research using Google Earth satellite mapping and explorations inspired by geological formation and topography. The paintings and sculpture in this exhibition reflect the synthesis between natural and artificial processes, the relationship between the two, and how both forms, though dissimilar, may propel each other.
jacqueline sherlock norheim: PARALLEL
Surface tension is the barrier-like force that exists on the surface of a substance, caused by asymmetries in the attraction between surface molecules. Offset molecules create a new tension and attraction at the edge of the material, activating its edge, and developing different properties.