Images from DECOMPOSE/RECOMPOSE


Card for Decompose/Recompose




Installation views
DECOMPOSE/RECOMPOSE Exhibition



Tom Pyrzewski
Evaline, 2013
Mixed Media


Breanne Sherwood
Relics, 2013
Hand dyed fabric and deconstructed machine stitching


Tom Pyrzewski
Tuba 2
Mixed Media


Rachel Hefferan
Cisterna, 2013
Jute


Breanne Sherwood
The Falcon Sheds Her Bones, 2013
Hand dyed fabric and deconstructed machine stitching


Rachel Hefferan
Leaf, 2013
Jute


Rachel Hefferan
Exocytosis, 2013
Jute


Rachel Hefferan
Infecund, 2012
Jute


Katie St. Clair
Rhododendron, 2012
Acrylic, Photo and Collage on board


Tom Pyrzewski
Cordella, 2013
Mixed Media


Katie St. Clair
Drift, 2013
Acrylic, Photo and Collage on panel, 97x98"


Katie St. Clair
Shadows Understand More Than We Do, 2012
Acrylic and Photo Collage on panel


Breanne Sherwood
The Rise and Fall of St. Iredale, 2013
Hand dyed and laser cut fabric, machine stitching, and embroidery

Breanne Sherwood
The Cloak of St. Iredale, 2014
Hand dyed fabric, machine stitching and embroidery

Rachel Hefferan
Metaphase, 2013
Jute


Rachel Hefferan
Bud, 2013
Jute


Rachel Hefferan
Phormidium Autumnale, 2013
Jute


Rachel Hefferan
Carex Rosii, 2012
Jute


Katie St. Clair
How Wise Are The Young, 2012
Acrylic, Photo and Collage on board, 48x72"


Tom Pyrzewski
Korff, 2012
Mixed Media


Rachel Hefferan
Pseudotiles, 2011
Bronze


Tom Pyrzewski
Louy, 2013
Mixed Media


Katie St. Clair
Sum of Scattered Distances, 2012
Mixed media, acrylic and photo collage on panel

Tom Pyrzewski
Ka Ino, 2013
Mixed Media


Rachel Hefferan
Pulse, 2012
Jute


Katie St. Clair
Cadence, 2013
Acrylic and Collage on panel


Breanne Sherwood
The Soul of H. Lawrence, 2012
Hand dyed fabric, and machine stitching


Breanne Sherwood
On Clatsop Edge, 2012
Hand dyed fabric and machine stitching


Interview with curator Joe Levickas
by Critic Car, Detroit


ARTISTS:

Rachel Hefferan
Tom Pyrzewski
Breanne Sherwood
Katie St Clair


VENUE:

Ann Arbor Art Center
March 4- April 6, 2014

REVIEWS:

Decompose/Recompose
by Louis Meldman,
Current, April 2014
CURATORIAL STATEMENT:

DECOMPOSE/RECOMPOSE

This exhibition opens at the tail end of a cold and snowy winter, waiting with anticipation for a spring thaw. To most people, the disappearing snow serves mostly as a preamble to the arrival of new life and growth. The beauty of spring is a classic subject matter for artists, serving as inspiration throughout history. But as the snow melts away, it will also slowly uncover the detritus left behind from the months of snow-- revealing layers of things like fallen branches, dead leaves, matted grass, waterlogged trash, and the occasional animal carcass. This exhibition turns to nature as its very timely, traditional subject matter, but focuses instead on this decay left behind, and seeks meaning in the degeneration as much as the regeneration.

The four artists in DECOMPOSE/RECOMPOSE share an interest in the concepts of breakdown and transformation. They approach these ideas in different ways, and use a wide variety of materials, but produce work with similar sensibilities. Their works allude to various processes seen in nature-- decay, death, decomposition, disintegration, regrowth and overgrowth-- and use the language and easthetics of those processes as an entry point to artistic exploration. In many instances, the artists also recompose and construct new forms by manipulating a wide range of materials and mimicking natural substances, processes, and aesthetics.

At its core, this exhibition is about transmogrification and transsubstantiation, the process of changing from one substance or object into another. Transformation through decomposition and other natural processes is a constant touchstone in these works, not only as a reference, but also as a metaphor for their artistic processes-- breaking down and reconstructing their materials to create something entirely new.

- Joe Levickas, Curator





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