Simulations is a group exhibition that interrogates the position of abstraction in contemporary sculpture. The five featured artists are working in new abstract approaches to formal and textural sculpture through investigation of form, appropriation, raw materiality, systemic structures, and allegory. These artists are interested in exploring the theme of post-minimalist abstract technique in the contemporary era, and discovering how it can create relevant trajectories. While replication and object-based appropriation have heavily influenced the direction of three-dimensional art in a positive way, abstraction in some ways has seemed de-emphasized, been called something else, or has merged itself into a craft sentimentality. The interpretation of contemporary abstract sculpture in Simulations, while possibly being categorized in different sub-genres, utilizes the inherent ideas and methods of previous abstract methodologies. This artists in this exhibition intent to demonstrate various motives that drive non-representational sculptors in today’s visual culture.
Simulations showcases previously and newly made work by Robert Aiosa, Gabe Strader-Brown, Suzanne Torres, Elizabeth Thorp, and Christopher Rowley. The objects in this exhibition derive from subconscious formulation and re-envisioning of outside sources, rather than relying heavily on found objects, simulacra, or modification. Work will be displayed on the gallery floor, on platforms, and mounted to the wall. Sculptures are constructed from wood, metal, plaster, clay, fibers, and concrete. Simulations intersperses the participating artists’ pieces throughout the gallery, creating a conversation among works, and highlighting their similarities and differences.