For First Friday August 6th MAda Shell Gallery will present “High Class Problems (for the Lower Middle Class)”. This is a a group show by painters Simon Slater, Easton Miller, Jacob Goudreault and Max Reinhardt who have “undertaken a certain problematic and contemporary concern in recent works, which is to assert the relevance of sculpture unto painting.” Artist statement states “This conversation and gaming is as old as modernism itself, but the employment of new tactics and materials as applicable as ever. Whereas one may claim there is nothing new under the sun-aside from metaphor, it is argued that conflation, hybridization, contrast and disparity remain of paramount importance in the dialectic of art-making in this way. The possibility of paradox and contradiction, fruition or failure of materials and content maintains a tension rife with potential.”
“Undulating, pulsing, bleeding, weave. Mark-making unto banal rectilinear; dripping congestion, in-volving skeins, fuzzy logic. Informed implosions beget spatial codes birthing planes and vectors; tangents and tangential information collapsing content/context. Representation fails abdicating to the fever dream of color and shape; a specious story unfolds truly absurd, uncanny in spectrum, ambiguous in nature. Signifiers taunt line and daubs to succeed in their immediacy while semiotics fail to become relevant. Addendum, application, appropriation and audacity broach the grand plane as objects conglomerate confronting paint. Certainly this conversation strains coherence at times, while illustrating evolved language at others, like border guards of combating countries sharing a drink.”
Simon Slater, BFA The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, MFA University of Pennsylvania, painting. Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
Max Reinhardt, BFA University of Colorado at Boulder, MFA The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Professor of Ceramics at SAIC. Lives and works in Chicago, IL
Jacob Goudreault, BFA The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. Lives and works in Chicago, IL
Easton Miller, BFA The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. Lives and works in Chicago, IL.