Reception from 2-7pm with moderated discussion at 6pm
New York, NY — Feb 8th 2015 — (re)-create, a new, non-profit arts organization, is pleased to announce an exhibit of work by the recipients of its first artist’s residency, Laura Splan (www.laurasplan.com) and Ève K. Tremblay (www.evektremblay.com). (re)create’s mission is to support work that synthesizes “art, sustainability, cultural & personal renewal” and those who make it. Thrown into the Idaho wilderness on the shores of Hayden Lake in Kootenai County, the artists spent two weeks in a rustic camp setting with no requirement other than to leave a “trace” of their experiences, a selection of which will be on view at Whitebox Art Center (329 Broome St., New York, NY) this February!
Splan’s works on paper and video present a retooling of Surrealist automatic drawings. During her residency, she constructed drawing instruments using found charcoal, twigs, and string attached to solar-powered motors. Pieces of charcoal salvaged from the campfire were moved across paper by the motor vibrations. The clumsy, iterative movements created abstract marks easily mistaken for those of a human hand. The chalky compositions materialize the ephemeral forces of nature. “Collaboration” within the project emerges where chance, idiosyncrasies, and arbitrary parameters collide. Timing and placement became the marks of the artist, while technical glitches and fluctuations in sunlight became the unique gestural marks of the instruments.
Tremblay takes a more personal approach. Based on an invented family magic bird mythology, pyrometric cones normally used inside her father’s ceramic kilns to monitor temperature are staged in a series of mini ephemeral land art installations entitled Suite cone pyrometriques. Unfired the cones are straight and colored, once fired they melt in different shapes and turn white. Photographed they find evocative shapes and new roles as sculptural objects, forming scenes of a larger project Tremblay calls Madeleines minerales, a Proustian body of work including fired and unfired ceramic pieces and photographs.
(re)create happily invites you to this double journey through imaginary Idahoan landscapes, guided by an artist talk at 6pm, February 17, 2015.
Gale Elston, President of (re)create Residency