Substatic – Sarah Emerson, Bernard Fuchs, Jeff Grant (Works)
Substatic – Sarah Emerson, Bernard Fuchs, Jeff Grant Press Release
Thomas Erben Gallery is very pleased to announce a group exhibition with works by three emerging artists: two young Americans who recently obtained their MA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College in London, and an Austrian photographer who studied with the Bechers in Duesseldorf. Static refers to a state of immobility of masses or forces; as an active agent, it can be described as a type of interference or noise generated by television or radio discharges. Substatic describes states of activity which are veiled, and thus not immediately apparent, but nevertheless do exist.
Sarah Emerson’s images of dead bucks are rendered with flat surfaces of muted colors, not unlike the patterning of camouflage. The figurative nature of the images is countered by a kind of pop abstraction, entertaining a discourse with work of artists as varied as Warhol, Hume, Wesley, and Kilimnick. Emerson’s bucks have become bitter-sweetly adorned trophies of the once living animals, indicating an awareness of mortality manifested through a language informed by recent painterly discourse. A BFA graduate from the Atlanta College of Art, she obtained her MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College in London.
Photographs of isolated cars in back-wood parking lots comprise Bernhard Fuchs’s most recent body of work. The detailed attention paid to these automobiles is similar to that of his earlier portrait series for which he became most known. Similar to the subjects of his portraits the automobiles are allowed an integrity through his respectful approach to addressing their identity. Shown recently at the Folkwang Museum, Essen, his work has also been included in How you look at it at the Sprengel Museum in Hannover and The Staedel in Frankfurt, all in Germany.
Jeff Grant’s installation of yarn wrapped branches suspended amidst the rafters is hoisted to the ceiling by a system of black yarn cables stretched tight and anchored to the floor. A combination of bedroom construction, haunted house fantasy, and a knitting circle, Rig falls somewhere between a habidaciary spill and a horror film set, with the intervention of mechanisms that would only be made in the bedroom of an adolescent. After his BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design, Grant recently completed his MA in Fine Art at London’s Goldsmiths College.
Substatic, a blanket term, loosely applies to the works of these artists, works that question notions of immobility and stasis while indicating the presence of activity under the appearance of death, stillness, and the perception of form.