August 23 – November 15, 2014
Bullseye Resource Center New York Gallery is pleased to present Uncommon Beauty, a group exhibition featuring kiln-glass work from Rachel Rader, Ted Sawyer and Amanda Simmons.
Western antiquity tells us that beauty is inextricably tied to truth. Beauty is an ideal, uncorrupted and thus socially inscribed. Common expressions, meanwhile, tell us that beauty is subjective and is individually derived. These paradoxical positions are often held simultaneously, making the concept of beauty a politically charged social construct and an individual opinion. The works in Uncommon Beauty exist in this suspicious state, as each layer is a subversion of the expected. Glass’ familiar characteristics are ignored, adornment and use are undermined, and the idea of truth is called into question.
The three artists in Uncommon Beauty utilize glass, a material often associated with beauty, in unexpected ways. Ted Sawyer’s paintings seek beauty in decay and dissolution. Attraction and repulsion are emphasized as sumptuous colors are paired with pockmarked surfaces and seeping, wound-like imagery.
Amanda Simmons draws her inspiration from emotional responses to objects. Exhibiting a direct connection to oft collected objects such a sea shells, feathers, flowers and stones, Simmons’ slumped sculptures also recall the body as forms are stretched and pulled like skin while the textures and patterns seem derived from microscopic visions of cellular structures or chromosomes.
Rachel Rader’s recent project “Ancient Truth Investigators” involves the display of artifacts from a mysterious underwater crystal pyramid. Rader casts herself as a scientist and curator, offering a blend of new-age spirituality and scientific investigation. The line between truth and fiction becomes less discernable as her work hovers between decorative art, geological accumulation, petrified remains, and spongy organic growth.
Image above: Ted Sawyer, Below and Above, 2010. Kilnformed glass, 24 x 24 x .25 inches. (Photo by J. Sawyer)
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