This month's feature showcases the work of four artists who take everyday materials and alter them into new forms. The selected artists' works include experiments in color, straight photographs, and collage. From Lorne Blythe's still lifes of household objects to Kent Rogowski's disassembled jigsaw puzzles, each artist creates some level of abstraction without completely losing sight of their original source.
Lorne Blythe uses the still life to investigate how photography has historically shaped and manipulated the way we see the world, and to transform simple structures into forms loaded with mental or metaphysical qualities. In his photographs of tooth brushes, white sugar cubes and pink Gillette razors piled before pastel studio backdrops, Blythe removes these industrial devices from their accepted context, transforming them into miniature sculptures.
Kasarian Dane's paintings on aluminum explore the complexities of color and pattern in ways that are both direct and seductive. While Dane's work is often based on color schemes that exist in the everyday, in some cases, the relationship comes after the piece is made. Dane's 2011 "ECAC" paintings consciously reference the color scheme in twelve ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) team banners at St. Lawrence University. However, while Dane's 2010 Untitled images included in this Culturehall feature closely resemble the SMPTE television test patterns, he describes it as a merely coincidental afterthought.
Jude Brougham makes collages that employ a variety of materials including found photographs, natural and man-made objects. Photographs of unflattering interiors, stained menus, and gloomy skies are juxtaposed with Pantone color swatches, thread and other materials that encourage viewers to reimagine the ephemera of our everyday lives.
Kent Rogowski tears up, disassembles and reconfigures mass-produced objects to question the role they play in popular culture. This practice, where the source material ranges from teddy bears to self-help books, has traversed several distinct projects throughout his career. His featured series, Love=Love is a body of fantastical collages made from over 60 unique store-bought puzzles. After discovering that each puzzle had interchangeable die-cuts between brands, Rogowski created a series of new puzzles using only pieces of flowers and skies. The resulting puzzles are abstract and psychedelic yet they retain their initial, industrial skeleton.
Jon Feinstein is a curator, photographer, Co-Founder of Humble Arts Foundation, and Manager of Marketing and Partnerships at Shutterstock. Jon has curated numerous exhibitions, including Another New York, with Mickalene Thomas for Art-Bridge at Barclay's Arena and 31 Women in Art Photography at Hasted Kraetleur. His curatorial projects have been covered in The NY Times, The New Yorker, Hyperallergic, Dossier, The NY Observer, The Daily Beast, Modern Painters, and Time magazine. Jon's photography has been widely exhibited and has been published in Slate, Huffington Post, Fast Company, Gizmodo, Fox News, Bon Appetit, Mashable, Peta Pixel, Vice, Flakphoto, Capricious, and Good Magazine.