Carmichael Gallery is pleased to present A Gleeful and Relentless Forward Moving of Time, a group exhibition curated by Simmy Swinder featuring works by Shane Hope, Husmann/Tschaeni, Evan Nesbit, Adam Parker Smith and Lola Rose Thompson. The exhibition will be on view from July 14 to August 4, 2012, with an opening reception on Saturday, July 14, from 6-9pm.
A longing for the past and anxiety about the future is a universally shared sentiment in modern Western societies. Whether it is through nostalgia for one’s own history or an interest in that of another, the memories, individual and collective, that we thread together are evidence of our self-conscious existence. Lola Rose Thompson’s dark yet humorous, innocent yet cynical musings documented on a dying medium, the typewriter, attest to this need to flourish while maintaining certain roots. Influenced by the period of Marina Abromovic’s life in which she engaged in performances with Ulay, her then partner, Thompson values her friendships with other artists, the collaborations that grow from them, and moments between moments where creativity emerges.
Collaboration is essential to artist duo Husmann/Tschaeni's process. The pair work backwards, painting simultaneously in reverse on Perspex, until they achieve what they call “a hell of positive energy with a small hint of hidden otherworldly darkness mixed with visual poetry and deep sensitive natural beauty, a daily biological presence combined with absurd undefined monstrous fantasy.” Quotidian details are represented through vibrant and unnatural colors. The artists often feature children performing everyday rituals in the fantastical environments of their paintings and films, turning the worldly into the otherworldly and reality into dreams.
The joy of play should never be jettisoned. As Shane Hope demonstrates through his use of computer technology to form a series of lenticular-3D prints, curiosity about the future of imagination is what drives his artistic practice. Hope customizes user-sponsored open-source nanomolecular design software systems and then uses this software to modify, manipulate and design groups of molecular models. To build his painterly pictures, he assembles together tens of thousands of these models, resulting in fantastic compositions depicting organic, inorganic, synthesizable, theoretically feasible and nano-nonsensical molecules. This process is akin to what Hope says partially motivated his foray into things nanofactural to begin with, Willy Wonka’s Everlasting Gobstoppers. Molecular manufacturing, artificial intelligence, and life extension technologies may make possible the printing of printers, inventing inventors, as well as the expansion of ontological wiggle-room into and across novel substrates. The resulting artworks are colorful, abstract holographic-like objects with relief-sculptural depth, which Shane equates to looking into a forthcoming nanotech toy chest.
Evan Nesbit is interested in the porosity and cognitive physicality of
vision. He utilizes pattern, color and material relationships as visual
devices, challenging the pictorial space of his painting and our
habitual modes of perception. In his work, the imbrication of pattern
and materiality activates and unifies the expansive fragments of experience. His jesting visual propositions, decidedly entrenched in the traditions of two-dimensional pictorial space, explore the multifaceted language and syntax of painting as it relates to Nesbit's own experiences. His constant striving to create intellectual uncertainty and spontaneous investigation demonstrates an understanding of our limitations and inevitable failures.
Adam Parker Smith’s tapestry made of woven friendship bracelets is symbolic of our interconnectedness. Be it through the increasingly globalized world, a testament to our technologies, or the knowledge that we are all of the same species, our friendships are what define our humanity. Parker Smith aims to mimic the human endeavor, to understand the universe through a bizarre confluence of real events, daydreams and preexisting fables. His work often offers a false sense of intimacy, a product of our ever more connected yet divorced world.
About the artists:
Shane Hope was born in Port Hueneme, California in 1972. He received two BAs, one in Art and another in Communications from San Diego State University in 1996, studied New Genres at San Francisco Art Institute, Information Arts at San Francisco State University, and in 2000, attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Hope received his MFA in 2002 from the University of California, San Diego thereafter joined UCLA’s Department of Art as a research assistant in New Genres. That same year, he was included in LA Freewaves, a group exhibition dedicated to new media art at the Hammer Museum. Select solo exhibitions took place at Rosamund Felsen Gallery in 2004 and Susanne Vielmetter Projects in 2002. Following his move to New York in 2006, he has participated in exhibitions worldwide, including the 2009 Prague Bienniale and solo shows at Galleria Gentili in Prato, Italy and Winkleman Gallery in New York City.
Hope currently lives and works in New York, NY.
Pascale Mira Tschaeni and Michael Husmann Tschaeni are a husband and wife artist duo. Mira was born in Basel, Switzerland in 1975. Michael was born in Lucerne, Switzerland in 1974. From 1996-1998, Mira studied at the College of Art in Basel, while Michael studied at the Bath College of Higher Education in the United Kingdom and the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India. Both attended the College of Art in Lucerne. Their collaborative process has led them to have solo exhibitions in India, at Chatterjee & Lal in Mumbai (2010) and Stainless Gallery in New Delhi (2007), as well as numerous galleries in their native Switzerland. Their works are included in the private collections of Kiran Rao & Aamir Khan, the cities of Zurich and Sempach, the Kunstverein Zofingen and the Bosshard Collection.
Husmann/Tschaeni currently live and work in Beinwil am See, Switzerland.
Evan Nesbit was born in Sacramento, California in 1985. He received his BFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 2009 and his MFA from Yale University in 2012. In addition to exhibitions at Diego Rivera Gallery and Ever Gold Gallery in San Francisco, Nesbit has participated in group exhibitions at Eye of the Flag in Tokyo, Japan. His work is included in the Jimenez-Colon Collection in Puerto Rico and Sierra College Collection in California.
Nesbit currently lives and works in Nevada City, CA.
Adam Parker Smith
Adam Parker Smith was born in Arcata, California in 1978. He received his BA in painting from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2000 and his MFA also in painting from Tyler School of Art in 2003. In 2008, he attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has participated in residencies at Sculpture Space (2010), Djerassi (2009), Jentel (2008), Atlantic Center for the Arts (2008), and Bemis (2007/2008). His work has been shown widely in the USA as well as internationally at TSST Gallery, Hong Kong (2008), Urbis, Manchester, England (2008), Times Museum, Guangzhou, China (2011) and the Maraya Art Centre in Sharjah, U.A.E. (2011). He has been featured in Art in America, New York Post, the New York Times, Artforum, Beautiful Decay, the Village Voice, White Wall Magazine, Fiber Arts and the L Magazine.
Parker Smith currently lives and works in New York, NY.
Lola Rose Thompson
Lola Rose Thompson was born in Studio City, CA in 1986. She studied sculpture at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago and received her BFA from OTIS College of Fine Arts in 2009. From 2003-2008, she served as assistant to the sculptor Robert Graham. Thompson has exhibited at Apt. 8824 Project Space in Los Angeles and as part of the Tappan Collective. She was also a contestant on Season 2 of Bravo's "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist."
Thompson currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
About Carmichael Gallery:
Founded in 2007 by husband and wife team Seth and Elisa Carmichael,
Carmichael Gallery focuses on a select group of artists breaking ground in
painting, mixed media, photography and sculpture. Their annual program
comprises a series of solo and group exhibitions that document the progress
of these artists.
For information on current, past and upcoming shows, visit www.carmichaelgallery.com. For additional information regarding A Gleeful and Relentless Forward Moving of Time, please contact the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1 323 939 0600.