HEIDI SCHWEGLER and QUAYOLA
PLANE OF SCATTERED PASTS
May 2 – June 22, 2019
Preview Wednesday, May 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm (artist Heidi Schwegler present)
Opening Thursday, May 2 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
First Thursday art walk June 6 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Plane of Scattered Pasts offers new ways of thinking about ordinary objects and their inexorable fragmentation. Things break; they no longer do what they were designed or intended to do. Wear and tear are visual cues of a thing’s history, its former life of use and purpose. The works in this exhibition amend old or broken things by recasting and embellishing their materiality. Their original state, whether ordinary or monumental, is reoriented in terms of aesthetic value, a rumination on current and future brokenness, the perils and pleasures of aging, for objects and for all of us.
Heidi Schwegler (b. 1967, San Antonio, Texas) explores a wide range of materials in the service of her subject matter. Drawn to the peripheral ruin, she deftly incorporates found objects with traditional craft and sculpture media. Schwegler’s accolades include an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission, Hallie Ford Fellowship and two a MacDowell Colony Fellowships in the Visual Arts. She was artist-in-residence at MacDowell Colony, Pilchuk, Yaddo, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and Bullseye Glass Company, among others. Schwegler is based in Yucca Valley, CA where she co-founded the Yucca Valley Material Lab. She is represented by Upfor.
Quayola (b. 1982, Rome, Italy) employs technology as lens to explore the tensions and equilibriums between seemingly opposing forces: the real and artificial, figurative and abstract, old and new. Constructing immersive installations, often at historically significant architectural sites, he engages with and reimagines canonical imagery through contemporary technology. His varied practice, all deriving from custom computer software, includes audiovisual performance, video, sculpture, and works on paper. Quayola holds a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media from the University of Arts, London and is based in London, UK. In 2013, Quayola was awarded the Golden Nica at Ars Electronica. Work shown courtesy bitforms, New York.