Dates: October 18th, 2019 (reception) – November 30th, 2019
Location: Indigo Art Gallery, Buffalo
Sponsored by: Expanded Media
Myles Calvert and Kathryn Vajda are exploring the impact of consumer objects through means of mass production, material obsession, and consumer impact on the environment. Recognizable forms and often stereotypical designs are a constant thread in Myles’ work. He explores traditionally printed images (stone lithography, etching, collograph) mixed with technological advancements (sublimation heat transfer, photo litho) to produce versions of ottomans and universally recognizable objects. A focus on the repeat pattern within fabrics, physically repeated by stacked shapes, enforces the initial purpose of print and the multiple. An added texture from the altered ink can be controlled – mimicking depth, a flocked texture. Specific colors are chosen to suggest a mood or time period, which will vary depending on individual memories and associations.
Kathryn is looking at the consequences of unbridled petroleum-based consumerism for our climate. She constructs cities and other structures of ice and snow at various locations using consumer packaging as molds. The molds allow for repeated shapes to be stacked reused to create structures. The shape and types of structures that can be built are directly impacted by weather conditions. Large format digital prints are created by stitching a number of digital images together using Photoshop. The prints record the cities in different states as they are impacted by the weather. The local weather and what is happening globally are documented with an accompanying artist book. The artist book spans several years and a variety of locations. With thanks to the Division of Expanded Media, Alfred University, and Indigo Art.
Additional Information can be found at: https://auconnect.alfred.edu/event/5001640