Curated by Jason Andrew, Ways and Means offers an eclectic group of twenty-five artists who through a combination of their process and materials, challenge traditional means. More concerned with the ways and means than the why and how, these artists are linked to an aesthetic where product is not the principal focus, where process is not the means but an end, and where materials are far from conventional, moving beyond paint and brush, stone and chisel, clay and wheel, thread and loom.
There is nothing cautious about the way this eclectic group makes art. Their gestural approaches to working—pouring, throwing, reclaiming, firing, tearing, gluing—impose unique dialogues with materials. And for these artists, process is their motivator. It informs and shapes their imagery and dictates how their imagery is conceived.
Inextricably linked to and informing their process are materials. Some pursue an exploration of a singular medium: Chakaia Booker is highly regarded for her use of discarded car tires; Amanda Browder for her site-specific fabric installations; Bruce Dow for his sculptural adaptation of Eames designed chairs; Ben Godward for his colorful variations in urethane foam; Hildur .sgeirsd.ttir J.nsson for her heroic woven works of silk; Robert Raphael for his compositions in clay; Daniel Wiener for his amalgamations in Apoxie-Sculpt.
Even the use of paint and brush, the most traditional of materials, is taken to the extreme in the mammoth works of Frank Owen and Jenny Hankwitz; sublimely used in the works of Bryn Jayes, Donald Traver and Susan Wanklyn.
Sculptor Charles Goldman stands alone concocting his own material—a home brew of newspaper, junk mail, shredded credit cards, CDs and DVDs, electronics wires, packing Styrofoam, salvaged acrylic house paint and Portland cement.
Process has always dominated the work of Robert Moskowitz and Richard Serra. Although more intimate and image driven in the former and more monumental and assailing in the latter.
While material offers texture and physicality in the drama of each artist’s abstract narratives, process can also be more ephemeral and employ less rugged materials. Jill Levine and Steve Keister share an obsession with archeology. Dorothea Rockburne has long been inspired by mathematics, geometry and astronomy.
This exhibition explores the unexpected and the deliberate, the unforeseen and the anticipated—a new look at process and materials in art.
Featuring works by: Chakaia Booker (Courtesy Marlborough Gallery), Amanda Browder, Maud Bryt, Ali Della Bitta, Bruce Dorfman (Courtesy June Kelly Gallery), Bruce Dow, Max Estenger, Ben Godward (Courtesy Slag Gallery), Charles Goldman, Jenny Hankwitz, Norman Jabaut, Bryn Jayes, Hildur Asgeirdottir Jonsson (Courtesy Tibor de Nagy Gallery), Steve Keister (Mitchell Algus Gallery), Jill Levine (Courtesy Hionas Gallery), Robert Moskowitz (Courtesy Kerry Schuss), Frank Owen (Courtesy Nancy Hoffman Gallery), Robert Raphael, Dorothea Rockburne, Naomi Safran-Hon (Courtesy Slag Gallery), Richard Serra (Courtesy Richard Serra and Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Weyl), Donald Traver, Susan Wanklyn, Daniel Wiener (Courtesy Lesley Heller Workspace), and Letha Wilson (Courtesy Higher Pictures).