Jessica Larva: “Leeward”


Exhibition Information
Location: Artspace Gallery on the CSN North Las Vegas Campus
Dates: Friday, July 7 – Saturday, September 9, 2017
Artist Talk & Artist Reception: Wednesday, September 6, 6 p.m.

Artist Statement: Leeward
Growing up in the flat landscape of the Midwest, the long expanse of the horizon has an almost tangible presence. It is a familiar and calming constant, and yet our concept of the horizon is paradoxical and abstract. Celine Flecheux writes in her book L’horizon, “the seemingly contradictory aspects of the horizon oblige use to ask ourselves what is the nature of the horizon, and whether it is a line, a circle, an opening or a wall, a locus for the vanishing point or a chimerical place, a mark of the finite or resonance of the infinite, an enveloping limit or vertiginous abyss.”

This body of work developed from an interest in how we align conflicting perceptions and reestablish visual and cognitive balance. Physiologically a sense of balance is derived from vision, the vestibular system in the inner ear, and proprioception provided by the physical body contributing to a sense of the body’s place in space. If those senses send ambiguous or conflicting information we suffer from disorientation that ranges from confusion to vertigo. For example, airplane pilots who loose the visual reference of the horizon in bad weather may not be able to align their perceptions and have been know to suffer from sensory illusions that can lead to catastrophe.

Psychological balance is also often symbolically and metaphorically represented through orientation and direction. Phrases like “my world turned upside-down” or “I couldn’t tell if I was coming or going” often indicate confusion, an overwhelmed state, and lack of psychological balance. Conversely, distant horizons with their clear sense of orientation and direction are used in imagery and prose as places of balance. It seems fitting that physiological and psychological balance would share a vocabulary of orientation and that consistent markers like the horizon would indicate stability.

My work is aesthetically reminiscent of abstract color field painting and is influenced by perceptual abstraction, however the development was also closely tied to avant- garde structural film including Paul Sharits’ film installation “Shutter Interface” and Tony Conrad’s flicker films as well as the work of conceptual artist Jan Dibbets. Unlike color field painting, the photographic medium used in this artwork imbeds the work with residual detail that we understand as orientation. Because of this detail one can see how the natural horizons pivot, abutting “above” and “below” until the orientation becomes convoluted.

The individual horizon sections used in these pieces essentially loose their properties of balance and spatial orientation to become an undulating curtain of color. At the same time the strata of vertical bands combine to construct an entirely new horizontal form and establish a new sense of balance.

Leeward is a nautical term meaning downwind from a point of reference. If a ship is heeling in the wind the leeward side is lower and sheltered from the wind. I selected the title to refer back to the position of the camera relative to the images of the horizon.

Biography
Jessica Larva was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and currently lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. She earned her BFA (2002) and MFA (2005) in new media art at Ohio State University.

Larva has exhibited across the country including notable exhibitions such as her solo show Fluid Horizons at Ohio Dominican University (2013), group shows iDEAS 16 at the Laird-Norton Center (Minnesota, 2016), 64 at the Buchanan Center for the Arts (Illinios, 2015), Sky High at the Riffe Gallery and Southern Ohio Portsmouth Museum (2014), Botanicals at the Kiernan Gallery (Virginia, 2013) Photo Plus at the Jacob Jarvits Center (New York, 2003), two-person installation Inscription (Ohio, 2011), video screening at Mission Art Walk (Texas, 2007) and at the Wexner Center (Ohio, 2005). Additionally Larva co-curated Tracing Lines at the Urban Art Space (Ohio, 2012) and curated numerous new media exhibitions in her role as exhibition chair of the not-for-profit arts organization Fuse Factory. Her solo show Leeward opens at the College of Southern Nevada in 2017.

Larva was formerly the studio assistant for artist Ann Hamilton and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Art, Media, and Design at DePaul University.

Artwork List
Title: Great Lake (orange)
Media: giclée print
Dimensions: Variable: 17″ x 41″
Date: 2015

Title: August Lake
Media: giclée print
Dimensions: Variable: 17″ x 41″
Date: 2017

Title: Great Lake (teal)
Media: giclée print
Dimensions: Variable: 17″ x 41″
Date: 2015

Title: Great Lake (gold)
Media: giclée print
Dimensions: Variable: 17″ x 41″
Date: 2017

Title: Chicago (pink)
Media: giclée print
Dimensions: Variable: 17″ x 41″
Date: 2015

Title: NYC (gray)
Media: giclée print
Dimensions: Variable: 17″ x 43″
Date: 2013

Title: Otolith Shift (orange)
Media: giclée print
Dimensions: Variable: 17″ x 41″
Date: 2015

Title: Otolith Shift  (pink)
Media: giclée print
Dimensions: Variable: 17″ x 41″
Date: 2015

Title: Boston
Media: giclée print
Dimensions: Variable: 17″ x 39″
Date: 2012

Title: Siesta Key
Media: giclée print
Dimensions: Variable: 17″ x 41″
Date: 2013

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Benjamin Entner: “Classics”


Exhibition Information
Location: Fine Arts Gallery on the CSN North Las Vegas Campus
Dates: Friday, July 7 – Saturday, September 2, 2017
Preview, Artist Talk & Artist Reception: Thursday, July 6, 6 p.m.

Artist Statement
Although I am formally trained as a sculptor, I am conceptually and technically drawn to a multidisciplinary studio practice that involves video, installation, performance, drawing, sewing, sound, and painting… as well as the traditional modes of three-dimensional art, most especially woodworking. My work is driven by ideas or curiosities, and I simply try to find the best tools to address these.

I create works that are the result of play or experimentation, and that range conceptually with my many interests: from children’s literature to aquatic life; women’s underwear to architecture; fire to fly-fishing. Often the only constant is the importance placed on an imperfect and obsessive craft, whether seen or not, and a sarcastic sense of humour.

As I work on a project, I try to anticipate and plan for the viewers’ experience. I want to make viewers aware of themselves as they relate to my art. I accomplish this by creating a presence of an object or installation that interrupts or intervenes in the passive viewing of a piece and invites an active experience with it. Within the gravitas of a typical art space, I also try to inspire a childlike nostalgia and wonder by engaging the viewer with an object or environment that is fun, funny, playful, awesome, and/or rad.

My current body of work, Sumus, explores the boundaries and interplay between two- and three- dimensional methods of making. Specifically, the point at which a drawing can become form and an object can become representation. Focusing on the figure, I draw contemporary individuals: myself, friends, family in postures similar to the figures of Classical Greco-Roman and Renaissance sculpture. In so doing, I hope to create an awkward dialogue between my contemporary parodies and the historical works—a dialogue that questions and challenges perspectives of beauty, proportion, sexuality, and idealized form.

Biography
Benjamin Entner received his MFA in sculpture from Syracuse University and his BA in Renaissance and Medieval Studies from the University of Albany and is currently an Assistant Professor of Art and Design at Oswego State University New York. His work explores the boundaries and interplay between two and three- dimensional methods of art making and has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.

Artwork List
Title: Moses
Media: Marker on fabric, bathroom fan
Dimensions: Variable: 4′ x 4′ x 9′
Date: 2011

Title: Hermes and the Infant Dionysus
Media: Marker on fabric, bathroom fan
Dimensions: Variable: 3.5′ x 5′ x 10′
Date: 2011

Title: Portrait of Gordian III, from Gabii
Media: Marker on paper
Dimensions: Approximately 60” x 88”
Date: 2013

Title: Discobolos
Media: Marker on paper
Dimensions: Approximately 60” x 96”
Date: 2013

Title: Innocenti
Media: Marker on Paper
Dimensions: Each Approximately 45″ x 45″
Date: 2016

Title: Head of Colossus
Media: Marker on fabric, bathroom fan
Dimensions: Variable: 2′ x 2′ x 2′
Date: 2016