In this exuberant mixed-media group exhibition, four Baltimore artists plumb the depths of their childhood obsessions, give in to the effects of commoditization and runaway indulgence, and attempt to redefine the familiar through the invention of their own material languages.
Using a mixture of joint compound, latex paint, and resin, John Ralston performs a veritable archeological dig into his sculptural relief surfaces, exploring the mark-making capacity of various construction tools. With his paintings, both hard-edged and gestural, Kevin Runyon scrutinizes an intemperate consumer culture saturated in excess and instant gratification. Sculptor Steven R. Jones invites viewers to physically explore the complexities of our relationship with food while interacting with his fully functioning coin-operated ‘kiddie’ rides in the shape of cuts of meat. Joe Crawford Pyle’s process-oriented paintings explore his rural Kentucky childhood fascination with the sights and sounds of muscle car burnouts, low-flying military aircraft, and the diesel groans of approaching combine harvesters.
Free opening reception: Friday, November 11, 2016, 6-9pm