The metamorphic quality of the work in this exhibition urges us to recall these reclaimed materials in their original context. Shifted from their intended state, these works include found objects and every day materials intertwined with postmodern artistic concerns, thus given a new purpose. As we evaluate and question the role of these objects within their new environment we are engaged with a contemporary philosophical dialogue. We find ourselves traveling through a new visual landscape challenging ones experience with each object and finally bringing us to a unique perspective on what was once familiar.
Metamorphic is being guest curated by Kasey Lyon. Works by Hope Kroll, Matthew Rose, Will Kurtz, Brock Dent, Timothy Allen Miller, Chad Andrews, & Ron Lambert will be on display. The exhibition opens on Friday, July 11th at 6:00 PM and will be on display until Saturday, August 30th.
Hope Kroll’s current body of work can best be described as cut paper collage. As an avid bibliophile, Hope has largely used as her source material second-hand hardcover books ranging mostly from the early 1900’s through the 1950’s.
What she looks for in these books are both the blank pages, which are often used as her canvases as well as the images contained therein. The subjects and themes of these images vary widely from antiquated scientific instruments and obsolete machinery to physical deformities and outdated medical and surgical procedures.
Entomological and botanical imagery also plays an important role as do birds, which as a re-occurring theme in her work, play the part of spiritual messengers.
Matthew Rose is a new breed of artist who, while he is known for his collages, might be better called a multimedia artist. His work has a conceptual, international component that has translated seamlessly into the digital era. Educated at Brown University, he studied semiotics, linguistics, art, film and writing. Later, in New York, he wrote about the art scene, principally the East Village, Fluxus, Dada and Mail Art. Rose’s exhibitions read as conceptual events where he fills a space floor to ceiling with work that merges literary elements with painting, photography, sculpture and yes- collage. Matthew Rose currently lives and works in Paris.
Kurtz’s work is highly personal and he often uses people he knows as subjects. Kurtz seeks out what makes us individual and unique. This isn’t just visual, but something much deeper than what you see on the surface. Kurtz wants you to look at his work and find tenderness, vulnerability and humor. The person they are looking at might be completely different from them, but they will be able to connect on a deeper level because we are all human regardless of the life we are given or have chose to live.
Will Kurtz was born in Flint, Michigan and received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Michigan State University in 1981. He has practiced as a landscape architect until today. He began creating art as a self-taught artist at the age of 35. He recently returned to school at the New York Academy of Art and graduated with a MFA, magna cum laude. He was selected for a one-year fellowship at the New York Academy of Art, which he is completing at the present time. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Will Kurtz’s work was recently featured in an episode of Louie on FX.
Brock Dent is a reluctant nihilist that wants to believe in a purposeful life. “Dead is Dead” is his search for meaning in our existence from our origin to our inevitable death. In Dent’s work he employs found images juxtaposed with expressive drawing, symbolizing the contrast of our biological/metaphysical naturalist presence and our etymological experience, respectively.
Timothy Allen Miller
Timothy Allen Miller’s assemblages create a charged energy that extends beyond the boxes that contain them. A synapse occurs. The sequestered common objects interact in uncommon ways. The artist credits Jasper Johns, Joseph Beuys, Duchamp and, of course, Cornell as his early influences. While Cornell’s work reads as poetic terrariums, Clockworkbox creates a nervous system that projects out of the box and off the wall. They become walk-around concepts.
Chad Andrews is a contemporary artist whose work is informed by change, transformation and intellectual movement. Andrews routinely works with the processes of printmaking, the techniques of which imply a mental and physical presence that belie his fluid theme of transformation. As a result, a stealth gravitas is implanted in his work. Importantly, this element places Chad Andrews body of work in the twenty first-century dialectic.
Ron Lambert uses art making to provide him with an opportunity to explore the sublime through the construction of experiences. Art can mimic life physically; it can also mimic the experiences of life, adding interjections to remind us of the pace at which we live and how one perceives beauty and the aesthetic of contemporary life.
Lambert desires to artistically explore a sense of constructedness and impermanence in his art, which reminds him of our own impermanence despite the best efforts of science and medicine. While technology explains away things that were once mysteries, phenomena, or even miracles, the sight of such occurrences still inspire awe. The sublime comes from a need to be awed, a need to break routine, a need to feel there is still wonder in the world around us. As the natural environment shrinks, the sublime recedes into such miniscule events as the concentric rings formed from a drop of water, of the reflection of the sky in a puddle alongside the walkway.
About Converge Gallery
Converge Gallery was founded in 2011 by Casey Gleghorn and John Yogodzinski. The gallery, already internationally recognized for its ambitious program, has been extremely selective and focused on emerging and notable mid-career artists with an increasingly more conceptual direction oriented to display the most challenging and innovative art.
What we are trying to do, without any pretense to define art, is to elevate the discussion about art and reality, art and history and art as communication. Converge Gallery’s goal is to sell the meaning and cultural context of an artwork along with the image and individual point of view of the artist, who is required, as well as the ideal collector, to have an extensive knowledge about contemporary art. Our artists are encouraged to aim for a certain level of aesthetic value that includes precision, clarity of content and confrontation with their inner vision.
Based in historic downtown Williamsport, PA, Converge Gallery is located at 140 West Fourth Street. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday from 11am-7pm.
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