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November 18, 2021 – January 9, 2022
In Endless Reach, artists Devin Balara and Bradley Marshall continue sharing a creative space and dialogue that began early this year with their connection as fellow residents at Stove Works in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Starting with an “amateur’s grasp” on “geology, deep time, and prehistory,” Balara’s work in steel now reflects her “practice of self-teaching” “morphed into a kind of character study of one who learns and the objects, books, and rituals needed to perform the learning.” In an intersecting space with Balara, Marshall works in sculpture and photography, navigating “the politics of design through making,” and “working to collapse the physical, psychological, virtual, and emotional into language soup.” The artists’ shared space now continues at the Ox-Bow School of Art and Artist Residency, as their overlapping practices and distinct languages in the use of similar mediums illuminate their fascination with how humans classify space and foster performance through objects and infrastructure.
Devin Balara is an artist currently working in Saugatuck, Michigan, on unceded Potawatomi land. She holds a BFA from the University of North Florida and an MFA in Sculpture from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. Recent honors include a residency at Stoveworks in Chattanooga, TN, fellowships to attend the Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY and Vermont Studio Center, and exhibitions at Roots and Culture in Chicago, IL, The Comfort Station in Chicago, IL, Goldfinch Gallery in Chicago, IL, Alone Time Gallery in New Orleans, LA, Spring Break Art Fair in NYC, Ortega Y Gasset Projects in NYC, and Monaco Gallery in St. Louis. A career metal fabricator and studio technician, Devin works to build more inclusive shop spaces and dispel intimidation in shared working environments.
Bradley Marshall (he/him) is an artist, writer, and educator. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture after receiving a Masters in Fine Arts from East Tennessee State University in 2018. He has participated in the Stoveworks residency program in Chattanooga, Tennessee with the NARS studio program forthcoming in Fall of 2021. Recent exhibitions include Profound Movement, at Houston Center of Photography, Houston, Texas, and ScareQuotes at the Ox-Bow School of Art and Artist Residency. He is co-editor of Number.