Front, KB Bauhelm, “FL290EL” mixed media, Back wall, Kevin Curry “Open come in”, “Parking for customers only”, “Architecture” reclaimed signage.
New conditions for three dimensional art prevail today. In recent years, artists are creating a movement against painting and sculpture. Found objects and detritus have become an integral element in contemporary art making today. “ THE TRIUMPH OF DETRITUS” Curated by Lisa Rockford and now on view at Gallery 1310 in Fort Lauderdale, highlights this movement in dramatic ways.
Many of the works in this show were created in the studio or on sight as a result of artists collecting, restoring and repurposing everyday materials and mundane objects. This movement against the manufactured works and industrial forming created in specialized factories like those of celebrity artists Jeff Koons or Damien Hirst, pays homage to the ground breaking studio practices of artists like Marcel Duchamp or Pablo Piccaso.
Some projects here are more fragmented than others. Which is to say, they focus on the remnants of our existence rather than the substance of our nature. In “Grand Central Palace” artist Joe Locke, demonstrates how the conditions in which things exist, are in continuous flux. In a shrine like setting against a gallery wall, Locke randomly displays dated photos of street boarders. Scattered on the floor below, the artist places an array of torn and broken objects that are key to skateboard culture.
Illinois artist Bobbi Meier, finds initial little bits, to incorporate into larger wholes In her “Sampler Series”. These intimate organic masses involve found textiles, embroidery, floss, wax, gel, threads, canvas, and personal trinkets, all of which, bundled together recall sensual pleasures and fleshy discomfort.
Our fascination with the the car crash is evident in several works on display. Miami artist, Randy Burman trolls junk yards in search of discarded automobile body parts. The artists uses the pre-painted metals to create large scale installations. “Seeyaround” resembles a ferris wheel of wrapped car hoods. Ryan Farrell displays smaller wall pieces formed from crashed car bumpers. Joshua Hunter-Davis reassembles engine parts and Taylor Pilote creates a synthetic meltdown in “Slabslide Side”.
Artists, Andrea Nhuch and Gardner Cole Miller demonstrate that by grasping and using the nature of made things, new things will exist. Nhuch incorporates the protective nature of bubble wrap to create small parcels, that when painted in monochromatic colors are reminiscent of a Louise Nevelson wall piece. Miller explores internal relationships with material objects when he transforms antique porcelain, using evaporated salt water.
Miami artist, Kerry Phillips grasps the nature of more conventional ready made sculptures. For her installation at the gallery titled “Comfort, (having now) I-V”, Phillips lines up five wooden chairs across the middle of the room and occupies each chair with a pile of tightly swaddled comforters. Duchamp would approve.
Artist KB Bauhelm has several works in the exhibition relevant to nature and the history of Florida. In “FL290EL” Bauhelm has draped four floppy turquoise silicon castings of alligator skins across the bottom of an upturned vintage boat. Moving blankets, florescent lights, rope and cords give discourse to the fate of the Florida gator. In “Coppertone” the artists displays a row of vintage ceramic parrots that have been transformed using auto body paint and electroformed copper.
Hollywood artist Pip Brandt also works on themes regarding social issues. In “Flying Carpet” we see a more complicated conceptual piece. Brandt addresses US involvement in the middle east by repurposing an oriental carpet, which she had at one time, while living in Wyoming, used to let her herded goats trot upon. Brandt silk screened and embroidered a map of the middle east, along with invading U.S. black hawk helicopters onto the worn brown carpet. The names of countries are spelled out with miniature brass guns. In the center of the carpet she used bright green and blue threads to depict the fertile grounds. The flying rug rests on a mechanism which includes headlights and taillights of a a gas guzzling American automobile. When peddles are pushed the carpet jolts and the lights flash.
There is also whimsical humor in this exhibition. Artist John Pack creates imaginative stacks of mouth watering treats from found coral and mixed media.
Artist Cara McKinley has created a bright blue, large scale paper mache and ceramic “Cornucopia” with a fluffy beige interior that invites one to curl up inside and take a nap.
The Triumph of Detritus
When: Saturday, June 21, through July 11. Receptions: 7-11 p.m. Saturday, June 28 and 7-11 p.m. July 11
Where: 1310 Gallery, 1310 SW Second Court, Fort Lauderdale
Contact: 954-729-5794 or SailboatBendArtists.com