THE FOCUS

My sculptures reflect the sensibility that an object stands as a momentary physical manifestation of an ongoing process. They provide evidence of unseen forces, and they point to the distinction between the human and the non-human. Throughout the natural world, unexpected complexity emerges from simple, persistent processes. Ben Butler, Old Growth, 2017, painted steel, 24' x 22' x 4' Ben Butler, Studio Visit, October 2017 Ben Butler, Vertebrates, 2017, OSB board and douglas fir 2x4's, 8' x 38' x 31' Ben Butler,...

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Every day we make countless attempts to memorialize our experiences. We snap photographs, collect souvenirs, and spend hours re-imagining past events. Collectively, we hoard objects in museums, build altarpieces, and canonize stories in books and theater. Through various forms of representation, we create surrogates for the irretrievable histories we long to preserve. However, efforts to present complete and accurate versions of history are often romanticized abstractions. Mary Laube, Studio Visit, November 2017 Mary Laube, Studio Visit, November 2017 Mary Laube, Studio Visit,...

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I pursue interaction and perception from my role as observer, occupied by the unremarkable and in the relationships that exist within our everyday exchanges. I am interested in the ordinary and the staged, the potential for theatricality within the banality of the everyday. Drawing from the quotidian and familiar, I navigate the space between seeing and describing, interpretation and invention. Christina Renfer Vogel, Studio Visit, November 2017 Christina Renfer Vogel, Studio Visit, November 2017 Reflecting direct...

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