Mountains Beyond Mountains (detail) by Ben Foley; 2016; Tempered and crystal glass, steel, light; 48″x48″x48″.
Residual Form is an exploration of the art experience. As process becomes more and more a part of the artwork, how much of the artist’s hand do we need to see? How do we define our experience when we must redefine the art object? In this exhibition the questions of the Process Art Movement are being asked by both emerging and established artists.
Encompassed in Residual Form are artworks that question the traditional methods of art viewing through content, creation, or optical illusion. How have contemporary artists embraced or rejected the breakthroughs of artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Jackson Pollack, Bruce Nauman, or even more contemporary work from artists like James Turrell or the duo of Peter Fischli & David Weiss? This includes objects that are remnants of process redefined as art – two dimensional, three dimensional, intangible. Can the mold be as valuable as the casting? The film as valuable as the printed photograph? How do artists reimagine their process as fine art? Can light, sound, or movement replace an object? Residual Form addresses the contemporary intersection of form and process.
Liz Helfer with guest juror Holly Kelly
Thursday, June 2, 2016; 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
June 2 – 26, 2016
Saturday, June 4, 2016; 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Hear the artists speak about their motivations and processes.
Sunday, June 26, 2016; 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
Nave Gallery Annex, 53 Chester St, Somerville, MA
Thursday & Friday, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday, 2:00 pm-6:00 pm
Julia Curl, Ben Foley, Elizabeth Hatke, Rebecca Henriksen, Sharon Lacey, Edward Morin, Aaron Morse, Ted Ollier, Will Reeves , Rebecca Schnopp, Erika Schwarz, Jordan Stabile, Stephanie Todhunter, Morgen Van Vorst, Liz Welch, and Amelia Young
ABOUT THE CURATORS:
Liz Helfer is a sculptor known primarily for her work with bronze and cast iron. Liz graduated with her BFA in 2010 from Alfred University. She has continued her artistic development through work across the United States and Europe. She recently dipped a toe into curatorial waters and is fascinated by the confluence of contemporary art practice and the mediation of perception in our technological age. She currently creates cast metal and mixed media sculpture at her studio in Cambridge, MA.
Holly Kelly is a recently local artist and graduate of MassArt. Holly creates work that challenges our perceptions of familiar objects. She currently resides in Minneapolis, MN, where she pursues her sculpture practice.