“My first foray into alcohol came about when I rummaged through my parents liquor cabinet. I decided that the gaudiest looking bottle denoted good taste and selected vermouth. As time went on, I learned that this was obviously not for exclusive consumption. It was instead a key ingredient, a small piece of a recipe that when added to other simple items, resulted in something iconic.
I thought about this idea as it pertained to art making. Since it was first uttered, artists have constantly been in the midst of the claim that “painting is dead”, and that various analog approaches are old news. Yet with all of the technological advances available to artists today, ranging from computer/internet based imagery and influence, to the myriad of printing and fabricating techniques, these artists continue to create objects, and through them, ideas, that far exceed their modest materials.
The work in this show is made primarily with the most standard of both art and everyday studio items: paints, wood, metal, canvas, linen, Xeroxes, dyes, coffee, etc. It is the interests, approaches, and talents of these artists that make their finished pieces so engaging.
I've been following the practice of some of the artists in the show for years, and some for only a few months. Each piece is a delicacy in its own right, while the combination of works is a concoction that is hopefully close to perfect. Let's eat.”
- Ted Gahl, Los Angeles, July 2, 2013, 9:31 PM (12:31 AM EST)