THE FRONT

November 14- December 6, 2015

November 14- December 6, 2015

Opening reception Saturday November 14th, 6-10pm

Room 1:

Sam Feather
 

Akasha Rabut, Sam Feather-Garner, Tammy Mercure
Curated by Jonathan Traviesa
Sliding South

akasharabut.com
samfeather.tumblr.com
tammymercure.com

Room 2:

Ryn Wilson, Lost Archives Video Still I, Digital Video, 4 min. 17sec., 2015.
 


Ryn Wilson
Lost Archives

Ryn Wilson is a multi-media artist living and working in New Orleans. She received her BFA from the University of Milwaukee, WI in 2006 and her MFA from the University of New Orleans in 2013. She works as a photographer and costume designer and is a member of the artist collective, The Front. Her work has been exhibited in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hamburg, Innsbruck, Oslo (Oslo Screen Fest), Vallensbaek (DIAS), San Francisco, Austin, Milwaukee and New Orleans (CAC).

Lost Archives is the collection of a fictional museum display, an alternate system for categorizing and exploring the natural world. The work in this show utilizes a variety of collage approaches as a way of creating order from seemingly random elements. Clips from various nature videos are layered together in a similar fashion to the shelves of collaged cards created from found and generated components. Landscapes are altered in an attempt to cull patterns from the shapes within. Natural elements are magnified, mirrored, multiplied and put on display.

Lost Archives began its formation after a visit to the Natural History Museum in New York City earlier this year. The endless halls of carefully crafted displays showcasing the mysteries of the universe peaked my interest into the connection between geometry and nature. The push and pull of order vs. chaos is apparent in the constant human struggle to control nature and it’s inevitable destructive forces. The museum displays elements of this planet in a perfection that is antithetical to its subject matter. Taxonomy’s, charts, graphs, labels and other systems are put upon these wild elements in a manner which fringes on absurdity. It is both proof of the incredible achievements of the human mind and a humbling reminder that nature will never be tamed.

www.RynWilson.com
 

Ryn Wilson, Lost Archives Video Still II, Digital Video, 4 min. 17sec., 2015.  

Ryn Wilson, Lost Archives Video Still II, Digital Video, 4 min. 17sec., 2015.
 


Room 3:

Poppy Coles & Utah Snyder
Plats

A plat in the United States is a map, drawn to scale, showing the divisions of a piece of land.

A plait, pronounced plat in British English, describes a braid of hair and stems from the old French word pleit, which means to fold.

Now, to fold could indicate the portioning of two-dimensional space, a simple crease in a piece of paper. Or it could be a sudden crumbling, a collapse. But as things can fold and be folded, they can unfold as well.

In their first collaborative exhibition Poppy Coles and Utah Snyder will present two drawings, one image, and one sculpture.

www.oliviapoppycoles.com

www.utahsnyder.com

Room 4:

Video stills from Star Date chapters: 5, 8, 11, 13
 

Brian James Priest
Star Dates

Brian James Priest received his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 2007. Currently, an instructor at IUPUI/ Herron School of Art , and DePauw University teaching Sculpture, Digital Arts, Intermedia, and Art theory. In past few years, He has exhibited at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (IMOCA), Kemper Museum of Art, and White Flag Project Space. He was winner of both the Efroymnson Contemporary Fellowship and 2015 CICF Creative Renewal Fellowship.                  

Priest asserts that his main areas of investigation and inspiration have been natural phenomena and interdisciplinary science, resulting in hybrid installations comprised of sound, sculpture, performance and drawing. Within this framework, Priest often uses his own body for both site and resource while his visual content is selected from a wide range of cultural references—from ancient myths and cosmology to science fiction and soap operas. Priest’s making process centers on acts of compression, expansion or conflation pairing studio-made works labored over long periods of time with quick responsive works created within a few days or even minutes before an exhibition.

brianjamespriest.com