Curated by Lauren Hirshfield
Opening Reception: Thur, June 13th, 6-8 pm
Dates: June 13th – June 15, 2019
Hours: Wed-Sat 12-6
Field Project is pleased to present Benevolent Light, Benevolent Life?, a pop up exhibition of work by Guy Nelson and Grant Stoops, curated by Lauren Hirshfield. The exhibition includes painting, sculpture, and mixed media.
Both artists’ works discuss tropes of loneliness, mystery, and questioning reality. What do we notice on the periphery? What happens when all that we believe to be true is shattered by our own perception? Guy Nelson wrestles with these feelings in his work, painting images and building sculptures that discuss the fear of the unknown. Stoops “plays God” through his making process, constructing amorphous characters from clay and capturing them in still frame moments on canvas. Some are quite ominous, a few of the creatures are grotesque, and it’s all a bit absurd.
Guy is interested in what can be revealed in an attempt to disguise. He commingles questions of masculinity, monsters, and cryptic coloration. The natural world is not a place he romanticizes about, but instead sees as a setting for wonder and danger. He take clues from outdoor culture and seek out stories of strange phenomena and encounters with life that challenge a person’s concept of normal.
Before becoming a painting, Grant’s scenes are sculpted in wax-based clay and are arranged in several positions under a variety of lighting sources. They are then photographed and digitally composed into a diorama-like space. The basis for the paintings are the digital files as well as the original sculptures. The translation across many mediums is intended to erode all obvious reference to reality while rendering an alternate world in high detail. Stoops’ work inverts the relationship between scale and importance, transforming the material vagaries of sculpture and expressionistic painting.
Lauren Hirshfield is curator and gallerist. Her experiences working with nonprofits and DIY arts spaces combined with a fine arts background shape her practice. She works with young, emerging, and underrepresented artists and produces shows with the goal of accessibility. Hirshfield works with artists across all media with a tendency towards the ephemeral and the tactile. She is the co-founder of PARADICE PALASE, a curatorial project in Brooklyn, New York that aims to engage the art world through a community supported model.