Selections from the DailyServing Archives
Selections from the DailyServing Archives
This catalog was published on the occasion of the exhibition 1000 DAYS, featuring the work of Caleb Weintraub, Chris Scarborough, Christina Seely, Julie Henson, Michael Rea, Mark Mulroney, Matt Phillips and Tivon Rice. The exhibition has been sponsored by Scion and curated by Seth Curcio, Founder and Editor of DailyServing.com. 1000 Days Scion Installation LA May 23-June 13, 2009
Founder & Editor, DailyServing.com
The exhibition, 1000 DAYS, celebrates a milestone for DailyServing.com, as the online contemporary art publication reaches its 1000th daily feature. Since the fall of 2006, DailyServing.com has highlighted a cross section of contemporary visual art from around the world. Similarly, 1000 DAYS delivers a mix of exciting and emerging talent, focusing for this exhibition on artists in the United States. 1000 DAYS also marks the first curated exhibition for the site, bringing together seven emerging artists whose work represents the graphic aesthetic and inventive artistic approach for which the publication is known. These artists, all of whom have been previously featured on the site, work in a variety of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and new media.
Designed by: Nate Phelps www.dailyserving.com SCION INstallation L.A. 3521 Helms Ave. Culver City, CA 90232 www.scion.com/space 310.815.8840
The diversity of the artwork in 1000 DAYS celebrates the myriad influences utilized by visual artists today. Collectively, these artists address many of the major issues found in contemporary art, combining a range of conceptual and aesthetic elements, while highlighting topics such as pop culture, technology, and current social issues, often through the lens of art history. While each of these artists employ different media and techniques within their creative practice, they are united in their quest to challenge the limitations of their respective media and in their attempt to define various aspects of contemporary culture. Collectively, this group represents the level of conceptual and formal development that DailyServing.com strives to highlight everyday.
Last Man Parade (Detail)
Caleb Weintraub In the world of a Caleb Weintraub painting, it is clear that something has gone terribly wrong. Stern-faced, costume adorned children run rampant with no apparent boundaries, tracking down the last remaining adults and turning them into wall-mounted trophies of the hunt. Weintraub explores potentials for the future of humanity through large-scale hyper-colored narrative paintings, which are saturated with information and describe a world where morals have fallen and children act without consequence. In Weintraubâ€™s new body of work, the children are up against a new enemy, paint itself. The new piles of paint are presented as an amorphous blob, which act as proto-versions of the children as well as a metaphor for the state of painting itself, in its death or perhaps its afterlife.
In The Thick of it
The artist is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and is currently an assistant professor of painting and drawing at Indiana University. He has completed several solo exhibitions including, Whatever Shall We Do With These Piles and Piles of Paint at the Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, All the Way Home at Projects Gallery in Philadelphia and Cloudy With a Chance of Apocalypse at Jack the Pelican Presents in Brooklyn, NY. Weintraub will participate in an upcoming group show titled Signs of the Apocalypse/Rapture this summer at Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago. In The Thick of it (Detail)
Metropolis 33º56’N118º24’W (Detail)
Christina Seely Christina Seely’s interest in nature and the changing environment is reflected in her vivid photographs of night-lit cityscapes. For an artist with a strong mind and an innovative way of translating her message, her photographs are remarkably reserved and still. Seely’s scenes are familiar, yet evoke the sensation of jamais vu --where the commonplace becomes eerily unrecognizable -inviting the viewer into a place of investigation. Seely’s images illustrate the world’s reliance and connection to modern technology while creating a tension between the surface documentation of a photograph and the complex reality that lies beyond. Her works investigate how inherent beauty often has the power to both reflect and obscure a darker and more complicated truth. This year, Seely will exhibit works from her ongoing landscape project, Lux, at Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle, The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, and the Country Club Gallery in Cincinnati. The artist is also a principal member of Civil Twilight, a design collective that is pioneering Lunar Resonant Streetlights, which dim and brighten in correlation with the brightness of the moon.
Metropolis 40º 25’N 3º41’W
Purplish and Cruel (Detail)
Pink Noise: From a Finger
Tivon Rice is new media artist that explores how traditional methods of learning are influenced by mass media and digital technology. His videos and sculptures create a dialogue between the distanced, purely optical domain of the tele-visual and a sensual awareness held in the body and mind. The artist embraces digital media as a vehicle for modern communication while experimenting with both video and sculptural objects that examine visual perception and temporal awareness. The artist typically calls for the viewerâ€™s participation in order to activate the work, thus confronting the passive function of receiving information from digital media. Rice is currently pursuing his PhD at the University of Washington, Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media in Seattle. Recently, he had solo exhibitions at the 911 Media Center and Lawrimore Project in Seattle, as well as a solo show with the Portland Art Academy. In 2006, the artist received a Trust Fellowship from the Joan Mitchell Foundation for his sculpture The History of Television: 1974-2006.
Pink Noise: From a Palm
Matt Phillips approaches painting and collage as both object and illusion, often creating images that explore the relationship between light and sound. The artistâ€™s work synthesizes information into an entirely graphic language, starting with the formal concerns of surface, composition, color and tension, while introducing a range of subtle contemporary references and symbols. The resulting works unite a methodology, which folds the formal concerns of Modernist painting into the intimacy of folk art. Since completing his MFA at Boston University in 2007, Phillips has exhibited works at Mehr Gallery, Place Space Gallery and Jack the Pelican Presents, in New York City. He has also exhibited with Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston, SC and SPACE Gallery in Portland, Maine. The artist currently teaches painting at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.
The Healer II (Detail)
Julie Hensonâ€™s drawings explore the breadth of religious extremism in the Southern United States. The Charleston, South Carolina native examines historically significant religious rituals and the ways in which the modern South maintains these practices. The works often depict subjects united in spiritual ecstasy, while undergoing the transcendent religious acts of holding snakes, placing oneâ€™s hands in fire, speaking in tongues and the laying of hands for miraculous healing. As a Southerner, the artist tracks both religious and historical traditions that merge to construct a long history, which is full of dark secrets and strong bonds. Henson is a graduate of the School of the Arts at the College of Charleston and is an MFA candidate at California College of the Arts. Her work will be featured in the upcoming issue of Beautiful/Decay Magazine. She has exhibited throughout the Southeast, including several shows with Redux Contemporary
Brown Thunder (Detail)
Michael T. Rea Artist, Michael Rea, creates large-scale, highly imaginative, technological objects out of obsessively constructed wood. However, the very material used renders the objects useless, opening a dialogue about a world of possibilities that simply can never be. The artist often utilizes fictitious objects related to pop-culture movies and television shows, allowing the work to recreate the essence of the object while forcing its reality to remain only a dream. The large, insensible objects construct an absurd story that couldn’t exist in real life, similar to the movies from which they are sourced, offering a sense of humor and wit that allows the work to be accessible yet imaginative. Michael Rea is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He recently completed a solo exhibition at The Co-Prosperity Sphere (C-PS), an experimental cultural center in Chicago, and participated in the Wisconsin Triennial at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Madison. The artist’s work was recently acquired by the West Collection and will travel internationally though the SEI Investment firm. Brown Thunder
Untitled, Combustion (Detail)
Untitled, Ecstasy (Detail)
Chris Scarborough Nashville-based photographer, painter and draftsman Chris Scarborough creates a diverse range of works, which reference the archetypes of Eastern pop culture, art history and science fiction. The cultural concepts of cuteness and beauty mixed with the playful violence of Japanese cartoons inform Scarborough’s imagery and process. While working in graphite, painting or photography, the artist painstakingly renders his subjects with absolute precision in an exploration into the nature of reality and ideals. Scarborough’s drawings were recently featured in Hi Fructose Magazine Vol. 10 this spring. The Savannah College of Art and Design graduate recently completed solo exhibitions at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana, and the Foley Gallery in New York City. The artist has a forthcoming exhibition titled Portraits of Aftermath at the Curator’s Office in Washington, D.C.
Untitled, Subterfuge (Detail)
Mark Mulroney’s work is linked together by an unmistakable humor and graphic sensibility. The artist moves seamlessly through several types of media, including installation, painting, drawing and photography, not allowing any one medium to define his practice. Similarly, the artist freely selects pop-cultural sources to serve as inspiration for his works, pulling from magazines, cartoons, and advertisements. Synthesizing these sources with disconnected personal memories, Mulroney’s work results in an array of irreverent imagery infused with unsurpassed wit. Mulroney is a graduate of Casino and Gaming Management Degree Program at Morrisville State University. This year, the artist has exhibited Follow the Nosebleeds with Mixed Greens in New York City and Wet With Glee at ArtSpace in New Haven, Connecticut. Mulroney has also participated in countless group exhibitions including works at Evergreene Gallery in Geneva Switzerland, RAID Projects in Los Angeles and the National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, Poland.