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ThreeWalls presents JOVENCIO DE LA PAZ: ENDLESS FLIGHT & ANTHONY BAAB: COVER THE EARTH

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12 June 2015 to 1 Aug 2015
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Jovencio de la Paz: Endless Flight
06/12/2015 - 08/01/2015
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Artists in this exhibition: Jovencio de la Paz, Anthony Baab


JOVENCIO DE LA PAZ: ENDLESS FLIGHT

06/12/2015 - 08/01/2015

Using the specific history and process of Batik, a wax-resist dye process indigenous to many cultures of Southeast Asia, Jovencio de la Paz presents recent work dealing with the narrative possibilities of cloth for his Threewalls exhibition Endless Flight.

Integral to de la Paz’s process is the social and cultural history of Indigo dye, which both in its natural and synthetic forms, is ostensibly the most utilized dye-stuff on the planet. With a rich and contentious history of trade, including the colonization of Southeast Asia and catalyzing the displacement of innumerable individuals for slave-labor in the American South, Indigo can be considered a material of migration, labor, and transition. In this way, the formal concerns of color in de la Paz’s work are inexorably linked to politics of globalization, connecting both ancient and contemporary narratives of forced relocation, migrancy, and wandering.

As Rebecca Solnit has written in her essay “The Blue of Distance,” Indigo and bluish fields represent atmospheres of passage, the sea and the sky, and the impossible place of the horizon, all of which reference the fugitive nature of bodies that meander over the globe.

Over-encumbered by symbols, de la Paz is developing a hybrid visual language, drawing imagery from such sources as traditional Indonesian and ethnographic textiles, comics, graffiti, quilting, and personal symbology, all of which relates to his own experience as an immigrant growing up in the United States. In the two largest bodies of two-dimensional work presented at Threewalls, “Pentagonia” (2015) and “Endless Flight” (2015), figures are presented as overwhelmed by their environments, succumbing to or moving away from powers beyond their control. “Pentagonia,” which borrows its title from the epic cycle of five novels written by late Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas, is a meditation on the space between personal and group trauma.

In the main gallery, de la Paz will also present “Under the Sign of Light” (2015), a table-scape that utilizes the horizontal nature of cloth to position the audience between the utilitarian, or lived, experience of material and its varied functions as symbol or metaphor for gathering.

Jovencio de la Paz was born in Singapore, and became a citizen of the Unites States in 1994. He received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008, and an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Department of Fiber, in 2012. He has exhibited work at The Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR; The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH; Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center, Chicago; The Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; MessHall, Chicago; Uri Gallery, Seoul, South Korea. among others. Currently, he is a Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies. He is also a co-founder of the collaborative group Craft Mystery Cult, established in 2010.

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ANTHONY BAAB: COVER THE EARTH

06/12/2015 - 08/01/2015

Within his current body of work, Cover the Earth, Anthony Baab experiments with objects and materials associated with consumerism – packaging, advertisements, and logos. Baab views an explicit sense of command and function conveyed through these containers, perhaps more so than the commodities they hold or represent. Attempting to regenerate these objects into something otherwise and redirect their pre-fixed purposes towards aesthetic ends, Baab confronts the challenge of making these objects his own. The work is compelled by a sense of misbehavior, evoking the spirit and ethos of adolescence, inspired by doodling on a shoe, covering a room with posters, and building a fort.

As an itinerant, traveling project, Cover the Earth is an ever expanding and mutating form that undergoes a complete transformation from one location to the next. Between each location, the sculptures are broken down, repaired and re-purposed, much like a collage. Adding as many brands and objects as possible, the meaning and function of these products dissolve over and over again, allowing for new meanings and associations to form.

Anthony Baab was born in Dallas, Texas and is currently based in New Orleans, LA, where he teaches as Professor of Practice for the Newcombe Art Department at Tulane University. He studied Painting and Printmaking at the Kansas City Art Institute before obtaining an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Cornell University. He is a Charlotte Street Award Recipient (2006), Fine Arts Work Center Provincetown Fellow (2014-2015), and Skowhegan resident (2015) that has exhibited at: The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (KS), Nelson Atkins Museum of Art (KC), Tompkins Projects (NY), Haw Contemporary (KC) and Grand Arts (KC). Collections include: Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, and the Microsoft Corporate Art Collection.


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