April 9 – May 15, 2010 / Opening reception : Friday April 9th 6-8pm
Jason Adkins / Kris Chatterson / Joshua Dildine David Hendren / Dion Johnson / Joyce Lightbody / Judy Pfaff / Brian Porray
Western Project is pleased to present a group exhibition of eight artists. While seemingly about the physical aspect of creating, Construction Zone is equally a cerebral place of invention. By definition of "construct":
1. To put together substances or parts, esp systematically, in order to make or build (a building, bridge, etc.); assemble.
2. To compose or frame mentally (an argument, sentence, etc.).
3. (Mathematics) Geometry to draw (a line, angle, or figure) so that certain requirements are satisfied.
4. Something formulated or built systematically.
5. A complex idea resulting from a synthesis of simpler ideas.
6. (Psychology) a model devised on the basis of observation, designed to relate what is observed to some theoretical framework.
Each artist is involved in a deliberate and thoughtful practice using ideas and materials to conceptually diverse ends. Be it oil paint, metal or music notations, each sensibility follows a prescribed methodology for building an idea. Nearly all included utilize computer technology to assemble or create their art works. Kris Chatterson scavenges his history of mark-making along with iPhone drawing to compose huge images transferred to canvases. Joyce Lightbody and Judy Pfaff use collage for uniquely different purposes: Lightbody devises phonetic musical scores and psychological landscapes; Pfaff marks out potential spatial terrains for installations. David Hendren creates objects relating to the body and sight, while Jason Adkins uses familiar forms to re-examine formal structures and utility. Brian Porray, Dion Johnson and Joshua Dildine all use painting to describe systems apparent and inconspicuous. Porray and Johnson define space with a kind of high pitched bluntness; born in the digital realm, using color and value shift to sculpt abstract fields. Dildine repeatedly builds and tears apart his images and to achieve a balance and light source in his furious compositions. All considered, the construction zone is a subjective space fleshed out through process, intention and materiality.