Jan 2 - 26
Friday, Jan 4
Kelly Goff: "Break Down"
Kelly Goff begins with an object that seems to acknowledge its own inevitable entropy—perhaps a damaged thing, like an interstate guardrail mangled under impact, or perhaps a brand new version of a thing we're used to seeing in duress, like a tired old traffic barrel.
He inserts himself into this timeline of decay and attempts to stop the impossible. Often he simply treats the object, like the jagged shard of truck tire that he bathed in soap and water and then saturated with ArmorAll protectant.
In other work he re-stages the object in some way, renders it anew in a different material (or not), or completes its process of decline, as in "The Crooked Timber of Humanity," 2009 a found steel drywall stud that the artist hammered into a tight sphere. He later restored it as much as possible.
Kelly Goff received an MFA with Honors from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009, where he currently teaches sculpture. Raised on the island of Curaçao in the former Netherlands Antilles, he studied art and science as an undergraduate at New College of Florida. His work has been exhibited widely including "Free Range" at WORK Gallery in NYC, "Pollinate" at Galapagos Art Space in Dumbo, Brooklyn and "American Demonic" at Davidson Contemporary in NYC. He lives and works in the Boston area.
Lauren Cotton: "THE INSIDE OUT"
Place and its architectural space are the defining factors in my art. With each new environment, my works’ form, color and composition alter and expose a structural framework of both physiological and psychological possibilities.
Utilizing a three-dimensional format through the use of adhesive-backed vinyl and interior latex paints, my installations ignite complex optical relationships between space, form and color. Color becomes the concept of the work in a physical way, building three-dimensional space with two-dimensional materials.
The sculptures often function as a literal three-dimensional extension of the installation structure, creating a multitude of explicative compositions throughout the space. The pieces are cast in concrete or made from wood as a direct reference to actual building materials and their presence in the architecture.
My two-dimensional works are investigations of color interaction and the significant roles shape and pattern play in those relationships. The pieces are vehicles to immediately utilize a more extensive range of primary colors and materials while juxtaposing contrasting simple hues to create context.
Lauren Cotton of Fairfield, CT, graduated Summa Cum Laude with an MFA in Fibers and Fabric Design from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art in 2006. She has exhibited widely in numerous group shows, most recently with the Gazelli Art House in London, England and the Yeiser Art Center in Paducah, Kentucky. She was awarded an artist’s residency at The Vermont Studio Center in July of 2012 with an exhibition mounted of her completed works while in residence at The Gallery at Three Rivers in Norwich, Connecticut.