Hunters and Gatherers

February 29 - March 31, 2012
    • Tayo Heuser
    • Knots and Thoughts 2009
    • indigo dyed twine: 60 inches in diameter
    • Daniel Stupar
    • Marrow 2012
    • mixed media: 12 x 27 x 7 inches
    • Kirsten Hassenfeld
    • Blue Treen 2012
    • found glass, metal, ceramic, plastic, wood, shell: dimensions variable
    • Daniel Stupar
    • Stupa 2010
    • mixed media: 84 x 30 inches in diameter
    • Nick Sayers
    • Bike Wheel Reflector Sphere 2008
    • bike reflectors and cable ties: 13 inches in diameter
    • Edition of 10
    • Nick Sayers
    • Hyperbolic Coffee Cactus 2012
    • wood: 48.4 inches in diameter
    • Edition of 5
    • Nick Sayers
    • Measuring Tape Spheres (small and large) 1992, 2007
    • metal measuring tape: 2.8 inches in diameter and 6.3 inches in diameter
    • Edition of unlimited
    • Nick Sayers
    • Train Tickets Sphere 2010
    • train tickets: 11.4 inches in diameter
    • Edition of 10
    • Charlie Coolidge
    • Unhenged 2012
    • plywood, glass bottles, cigarette packages, wrappers: 41 x 48 x 5.5 inches
    • John Udvardy
    • Icon 2011
    • painted Homasote and wood: 32 x 26 x 2 inches
    • John Udvardy
    • Hussar 2009
    • painted wood and metal: 60 x 44 x 4 inches
    • Lois Harada
    • Study in White 2012
    • found paper scraps, PVA adhesive: 5.5 x 6 x 3 inches
    • Lois Harada
    • Study in Grey 2012
    • found paper scraps, PVA adhesive: 5.5 x 6 x 2 inches
    • Hunters and Gatherers
    • Athena 2011
    • gilded and painted wood with clay pottery: 87 x 27 x 11 inches
    • Susan Hardy
    • Tapestry 2012
    • teabags, tea stains, red wine, walnut ink, tumeric, beet juice: 25 x 63 inches
    • Hunters and Gatherers
    • John Udvardy
    • Udvardy, Heuser, Lapham
    • John Udvardy, Tayo Heuser, Scott Lapham
    • Hunters and Gatherers
    • John Udvardy, Tayo Heuser, Scott Lapham, Daniel Stupar
    • Hunters and Gatherers
    • John Udvardy, Tayo Heuser, Scott Lapham, Daniel Stupar
    • Hunters and Gatherers
    • Scott Lapham, Daniel Stupar, Kirsten Hassenfeld
    • Hunters and Gatherers
    • Daniel Stupar, Nick Sayers
    • Hunters and Gatherers
    • Kirsten Hassenfeld
    • Hunters and Gatherers
    • Daniel Stupar, Nick Sayers, Charlie Coolidge
    • Hunters and Gatherers
    • Nick Sayers
    • Hunters and Gatherers
    • Charlie Coolidge, Scott Lapham, Daniel Stupar
    • Hunters and Gatherers
    • Lois Harada, John Udvardy
    • Hunters and Gatherers
    • Susan Hardy, Lynne Harlow
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    • Lynne Harlow
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Hunters and Gatherers celebrates the art of the found object and the art of assemblage.  Each artist has gathered material from various sources such as urban settings or their own studios, finding and collecting large amounts of disparate parts made of wood, iron, ceramics, paper and then bringing them together to create a new sense of sculptural identity. The urge to collect objects that “catch one’s eye” for their simple intrinsic value and beauty and then transforming the objects by re-assembling them is at the heart of the exhibition.  Long before our forebears became an agricultural society, we had to hunt, forage and gather for food and shelter.  The idea of collecting is buried deep into our DNA.  In the contemporary realm of art making, these ten artists are not interested in representing the world as it exists but rearranging material in a way that they want to see it exist.  In their work, an interesting vibration and cumulative look at form and figure that transcends time and space takes place.  For example, in the works selected, one can see a recurring theme of a circle within a square.  In addition, the dichotomy of insertion and the idea of stacking and building is strongly represented. Finally, the work has the uncanny ability to no longer reveal the original use or intention of the object, but to reveal a transformed talismanic sense of being.

Charlie Coolidge creates treasure troves of trash that pile together and whose original ingredients attempt an advancement of content through their pairings. Conjuring Stonehenge, Coolidge’s urban decay is caught between worlds as it refers to the use of a place through reference and physical evidence.

Lois Harada manipulates discarded paper into delicate compositions of cut paper forms inspired by flora and fauna. The paper works are gathered onto panels, following the tradition of collecting and reassembling found natural materials for display in cabinets of curiosity or vivarium.

Susan Hardy’s modular work is comprised of deconstructed tea bags. Squares of delicate dyed tea paper are held together with a transparent glue made from cornstarch and syrup creating a quilted diary of consumption and contemplation.

Lynne Harlow creates minimal installations that intervene with architecture and space in a dynamic play between light and form. Working with scraps from her studio for this particular work in the exhibition, she creates subtle shifts in perception of object, line and shape.

Kirsten Hassenfeld creates mixed media sculptures made from buttons, jar lids, blueware ceramic bowls and other found objects. Originally taking their name from handmade wooden functional objects, Hassenfeld’s treens are symmetric forms that hang in groups. They become reminiscent of any number of household accoutrements including wind chimes, hanging bells, and finials.

Tayo Heuser presents a knotted tapestry which exists as proof of a personal performance. For three months Heuser carried a piece of cotton twine around with her and each time she had a negative thought, she tied a knot. Every day is represented by a separate piece of twine.

Scott Lapham exhibits unaltered sea forms that are conglomerations of debris and detritus preserved in epoxy resin. The exquisite natural collections seem to have been compiled by the shore creatures into nests of wonder.

Nick Sayers’ spherical objects are born from an interest in nature and geometry. Using found and collected utilitarian structures such as measuring tapes and bike reflectors, Sayers creates curious clusters that beg to be deciphered for their constructed ingenuity and simplicity.

Daniel Stupar’s mixed media assemblage references sacred architecture and ceremonial objects and their mounded or dome-like structure. Supreme symmetry unifies the otherwise disparate objects that now exist as one.

John Udvardy is a modernist sculptor whose assembled structures have their roots in Cubist sensibilities surrounding painting and collage. The varied yet elegant work weaves poetic tales of work and leisure in stunning masses of materials including wood, stone, fired clay, nails, paint stirrers and canvas.