Each year, Redux presents eight exhibits that highlight emerging artists on the contemporary visual arts scene. With their forthcoming exhibit, Moving Parts, the state-of-the-art exhibition space hopes to maintain that level aesthetic quality while drawing in crowds seeking captivating and engaging art.
Moving Parts features new works by Eames Armstrong and Riki Matsuda, both artists working with figurative forms, albeit ones with unique takes on representational art. Using swirls and swaths of paint, Armstrong’s pieces are populated by figures engaged in scenes that range from the playful to the ceremonial, pliable bodies bound together in shared knots of action and repose. Pieces by Matsuda reveal her to be a contemporary fabulist, offering minimally rendered nudes and figures, at times buffeted with text, creating tiny myths that are both inviting and inscrutable; no small feat considering the type of restraint involved in honing such narratives into fully-formed pieces.
“The title [Moving Parts] references the fluidity in their work, both literally and figuratively,” explains Cara Leepson, executive director of Redux. “Both artists play with and manipulate the human form in the work as well as address a number of socio-economic issues with regard to identity, gender, intention, and humor.” Leepson imagines there will be “a large number of works” in this exhibit utilizing media including paint on paper and canvas, drawings, letterpress, and mixed media; as well as some possible 3D elements.
Along with sharing tastes for similar media, Leepson curated this particular show due to Armstrong and Matsuda’s kindred aesthetic style. “I was drawn to the way both artists consciously abstract the human form, how each artist has a lighthearted approach to somewhat complex thoughts, and how they both have an overt presence of humor and play in the subject matter they create.”
Leepson believes that Moving Parts continues Redux’s ongoing efforts in exposing audiences to works by local, regional, national, and international artists. “I like to think that this show is an excellent representation of our two person shows which we’ll host one of annually, as it demonstrates two artists, practicing in different regions, touching on very similar concepts and ideas through paralleled subject matter.”
Daniel A. Brown
Price: Free to attend