Thursday, February 18, 2010
WRECKING CRÜE | Opens March 4
Reception: Thursday, March 4, 6-10pm
Open First Saturday 1-5, and appointment
In terms of genre, this gathering of artists presents ideas at once related under the umbrella of constructed space, yet provide a variety of challenging perspectives. These artists conspire in a loose category of structural invention, whether found at the foot of a modernist monolith, or in an impossible world flirting with utopian sketchbooks. Wrecking Crüe owes no allegiance to systems or practicality, working in an interstitial state of half-made/half-undone. What these works can do is give our current visual processing a crash course in alternative spatial understanding while questioning how creation takes form in spatial contexts.
The works generate ideas that mash-up relationships: hammers and hypershapes, blueprints and Outer Space, insulation and simulation, rendering philosophical material from impulsive architecture. The works vary from subtle to jarring manipulations of space and the objects contained within, breaking our reliance on architecture as a visual support structure for our environment. They propose the built environment as a playground that keeps building, and rebuilding, itself to explore some unknown, perpetual concourse.
Jordan Tull is an established freelance metal fabricator and industrial designer known for his strict geometric installations and physically sophisticated sculpture. His works challenge the understanding of unseen forces that govern visuality, seeking to agitate the structural clarity of objects in space.
Josh Smith is a sculptor and furniture maker in Portland OR. His work explores notions of utopian space in relation to modernist philosophies. His work reinvestigates modernist principles using the language of the architectural model and the illustrated proposal, presenting latent potential of the Idea in flux.
Salvatore Reda lives and works in Portland, OR. His artwork delves into architecture as fantasy, researching the location of the familiar in a synthetic, abstract sense. Detail, beauty and lyrical abstraction are preoccupations of his work. His paintings and video works have been exhibited at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Adamski Gallery of Contemporary Art, Aachen, and Basel Switzerland.
Joshua Pavlacky is a Portland native and a founder and gallery coordinator of Appendix Project Space, an experimental installation site in NE Portland. Inspired by Landscape Urbanism and Infrastructure, his work explores the landscape as a conceptual, perceptual and physical infrastructure capable of seeding the development of urban and ecological systems that are better suited to the ethical and practical concerns of the 21st century.
Jeff Jahn is a Portland based curator, critic, installation artist and photographer particularly interested in the conceptual loading and kinesthetic potential of man made spaces.