"Of the Earth"
September 10, 2016 – November 13, 2016
Opening reception Saturday, September 10th, 6-9pm
Lois Lambert Gallery presents Miguel Milló’s “Life and Desires,” a series of photographs which underscore the fact that humanity and nature are one. In fact, Milló’s work is much more than a series of photographs. Milló first sculpts his models by covering them in clay. He then meticulously paints these “canvases of flesh” using pigments from India. Once the painting is completed, Milló adorns these living sculptures with fruits, fauna and vegetables. While Milló is sculpting and painting his models, he is energized by a live band playing improvisational music. Only after the painting and sculpting is completed, a process that takes several hours, does Milló photograph his models.
In the visual world of Miguel Milló all of the human forms transcend their categories and labels. “In nature the scientist … tries to capture and label each species of fauna.” For Miguel the attempts to categorize human beings the same way is irrelevant: “We are all from the earth, and when we are buried we go back to it, making us all one.” Erasing his model’s identity with his own creations, Milló’s art purveys the message of equality.
Sept. 10 through Nov. 13, 2016
Opening reception Sept. 10, 2016 6-9pm
Building on his previous concepts of capturing the intangible, Ted Swiet has created a collection of mixed media pieces focused on the ephemeral nature of time. The Work is an exposition about uncertainty and change examining spaces and a moment between instances.
In one series of works, Ted accomplishes this feat by utilizing the imagery of the film leader or count down present at the beginning of traditional reel-to-reel films. Each second is broken down into multiple segments which when viewed from head on creates a singular image, yet from any other angle the moment is dissolved into its respective parts.
Pulling concepts from the world around him, fashion to suspension bridges to nature itself, Swiet creates art pieces that demonstrate composition, balance, engineering and flow. Approaching the work as a problem that needs to be solved, Ted finds a medium that speaks to him and through interacting with the material determines what to do next. It is by a method of trial and error that his work evolves into a completed piece that satisfies the artist.
Swiet’s background in arts, graphic design, interior architecture and product design has allowed him to become a versatile, multi-faceted artist who melds elements of fine art, engineering and pop culture to create precise, insightful works. Ted is inspired by artists of many different realms including Rube Goldberg, David Bowie, Stanley Kubrick, David Sadaris, Jasper Johns, Jim Dine, and Steve Jobs.