Saturday, April 26, 2008

Erin + Mike in Dirt Made My Lunch

Rebekah Templeton
c o n t e m p o r a r y a r t


Rebekah Templeton Contemporary Art is pleased to announce Dirt Made My Lunch, a group exhibition guest curated by Todd Keyser. The exhibition highlights the work of Philadelphia’s first year Master of Fine Arts students featuring Erin M. Riley, Kurt Freyer, Michael Treffehn, and Robert Scobey, some of the city’s most promising young artists. The title references a creative process that is raw and malleable and still growing.

Erin M. Riley
is a weaver and a mixed media artist. Riley’s work deals with her emotional issues involving family, personal history and relationships, but attempts to render these issues visually with a certain veil of universality. Using found images or personal images, she subsequently translate them into the tapestry language or into collages coated in resin or other plastics. She is interested in the soft, fluid and yet excruciating process of tapestry weaving juxtaposed to the fast nature of paper collages that are then sealed in a hard, permanent, water-proof material.

Kurt Freyer's video work explores art making at its most basic level, but the work itself is suggestive of something far more profound, in that a decorated egg and some candles on a mud hill can be used to identify the structural language of the art making process itself. Freyer's proposition is rooted in the questions of what art is. Freyer's video captures how something as seemingly elemental as mud and pigment can be used to communicate profound structural meaning.

Michael Treffehn’s work explores notions of cultural and biographical identity. He is also interested in suggested narratives and in presenting stories, but not in telling them. The video included in this exhibition is very still, causing the viewer to focus on the limited narrative and imagine the rest. What the viewer is seeing is only part of the story; the rest they must come up with on their own.

Robert Scobey's pop colleges display schizophrenic consumer images that expand into the real space. They shed their imageness and become their own environment. The work suggests that we are indeed in the next stage of simulacra in which images become a total reality beyond our own control.

Dirt Made My Lunch opens on Thursday, May 8, 2008 with an opening reception from 6-9 pm.

The exhibition includes video, textile weaving, photography, sculpture and installation. The show closes on Saturday, June 21, 2008.

Image: Robert Scobey, Miss February, 2008

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