Slag Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of ”UBIQUITOUS” a two-artist exhibition featuring recent works by Lucy Kim and Janos Stone.
Kim and Stone invite the viewer to critically examine their respective artistic journey of redefining two widespread materials, foil and sheet rock. Kim and Stone’s odyssey from Ordinary to Extraordinary reflects not only unique sensibilities, but also a keen understanding of the material and its array of possibilities.
Lucy Kim’s foil paintings investigate surface as a way of rethinking the space between and around things. Her work draws from 17th and 18th century European still life painting as it relates to contemporary photographic advertisements of luxury objects. By adding layers of texture through the intricate manipulation of materials, the works introduce the visceral and spatial qualities of the objects and figures often neutralized in the flat idealized space of advertisements. Her points of interest range from food, such as bread and potatoes, as commodities with status tiers, to the figure as an arranged object providing a context for luxury goods.
Kim holds an MFA in Painting from Yale University School of Art, (New Haven, CT) and a BFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI). She is a recipient of the Carol Schlosberg Memorial Prize from Yale, and was awarded the Ellen Boettell Fellowship to attend the Yale Norfolk Summer Program. Kim has been an artist-in-residence at the MacDowell Colony and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
Janos Stone specializes in creating sculpture that is this hybrid of humanity, emotion and technology. In his new work, the relationships of couples he personally knows who met using networking sites have been imbued into Sheetrock. A material that as he delicately hand carves becomes a metaphor for life online. Stone uses his unique/rare abilities to look inside contemporary materials and techniques and pull out the soft supple qualities of humanity and balance them against the rigid mathematics of the pixilated world. His work is what we see when we look at the Internet: function and communication well as the fingerprint of the human creator.
Stone holds an MFA in sculpture from Boston University, Boston, MA, and a BFA in sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI. Stone also currently teaches at SUNY University of Buffalo, NY as a lecturer and critic.