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My Friend Sparksburg
My Friend Sparksburg
April 20, 2023 – June 4, 2023
Wild Bunch includes Brendan Loper, Chloë Simmons, Garrett Gould, Jacob Rhoads, Matthew Flores, Natalie Petrosky and Tate Foley. Throughout the works included, appropriation, humor and craft are structured and woven together, as symbols and materials are rendered to a somewhat uncanny effect. With subtle allusions to place and the universal problems of contemporary life, the exhibition has the familiarity of an old friend with a familiar face, a warm embrace and repeated jokes. This feeling disrupted when the rug is pulled and what was is now different, this cycle repeating; the coyote is met again with a tunnel, so inviting that he must make a run at it.
|Matthew Flores is an artist and designer currently based in Atlanta, Georgia. His studio practice is rooted in strategies of misdirection and appropriation, and orbits around an interest in how the art viewing experience can be analogized with the format of jokes, performance, and the theatrical. He received his MFA from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia in 2019 and his BA in Art History from the School of Visual Studies at the University of Missouri in 2015.|
Currently: Associate Professor of Art in the Department of Art, Design, and Art History at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri from 2010 – present. Before that: MFA in Printmaking from Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia in 2010. Earlier: BA in Studio Art from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in 2007. Tate’s work has been recently exhibited in Vienna, Austria, New York City, Washington D.C., Portland, Saint Louis, Cleveland, and purchased by Toledo Museum of Art, and the UCLA Fine Arts, Yale University, and Reed College libraries.
Garrett Gould (b. 1992) currently lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts. He received his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. His work has been shown at Jane Lombard Gallery (New York, NY) Moskowitz Bayse (Los Angeles, CA), Praise Shadows Gallery (Boston, MA), The Holland Project (Reno, NV), Hammock Gallery (Provincetown, MA), and with Fisher Parrish Gallery. (Brooklyn, NY). Garrett ran a small project space, European, out of the bathroom of his studio from 2018-2020 and plans to re-open the space in 2023. Garrett splits his time between his studio practice, teaching and project management in art institutions in the Greater Boston area, including the ICA/Boston and Rose Art Museum.
Brendan Loper (b. 1984 Lancaster, PA) is a South Carolina-based cartoonist. He has exhibited at Richard and Dolly Maas Gallery at SUNY Purchase, David Zwirner Gallery in New York, as well as Elijah West Showroom and Sardine in Brooklyn. His work can be found in The New Yorker, Playboy, Times of London and others.
Natalie Petrosky (b.1989, Akron, OH) is an artist living and working in Cleveland, OH. She received her MFA in Painting & Drawing at the University of Tennessee (2016) and her BFA in Painting with an Honors Thesis in Glass from the School of Art at Kent State University in Kent, OH (2012). Petrosky works primarily in painting and drawing, as well as in sculpture, video, and glass.
Recent exhibitions include The Regional, Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO (2021/22); Watching the Seasons Change. Museum of the White Mountains, Plymouth, NH (2022). Something About Windows, The Suburban, Milwaukee, WI (2020); VIRTUAL MICROCINEMA, RhizomeDC, Washington, DC (2020);Over the Structures, CICA Museum, Gimpo, South Korea (2020); and Eight Emerging Artists, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, MA (2018).
Jacob Rhoads is an artist and educator living in Columbia, SC. His work uses rule-based processes to generate opportunities for improvisation, and includes paintings, drawings, and event scores. Rhoads earned a BA from Grinnell College, an MTS from Harvard Divinity School, and an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He has shown at such venues as Regina Rex, Sideshow Gallery, and the Fine Arts Work Center. Rhoads is currently the Chair of the Studio Art Program at Columbia College, and has previously taught at such schools as Mount Holyoke College and the Maryland Institute College of Art
Chloë Simmons is an interdisciplinary artist who works in a variety of media from video to sculpture, textiles, and installation. Born in St. Louis MO, she received her BFA in Printmaking from Webster University in 2019. She currently resides in Madison WI. where she received her MFA in 4D from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Employing themes of delusion, fantasy, death, memory, consciousness, and desire; her current practice navigates what it feels like to be alive right now, questioning the impact of images, and digital technologies on our relationships with ourselves and others.
- Curated by My Friend Sparksburg