This Saturday Locust Projects celebrates the close of Roberto Gómez's "What Happens When Nothing Happens," and Mia Feuer's "Mesh." Both installations are indicative of an art community whose creative output is equal parts local ferment and foreign import.
Gómez's show is a site-specific piece that posits the old adage, "If a tree falls in a forest and no one hears it does it make a sound?" with a soft-sculpture aesthetic. The installation is formally composed of cloth-like pieces hung along clotheslines inside the gallery space. The artist delved into the new medium after experimenting with repeated application of layers of found paint sourced from local chemical waste management sites. The work is equally part science and part chance. As the materials are left to dry along the line, the work subtly changes in front of the viewer's eye.
Born in San Jose, Costa Rica, Gómez draws on the immense influence of his homeland where he routinely would see working-class women washing and hanging their clothes in a similar fashion. The sheer scale, and repetition imbued in the piece calls into the question the aspects of work in an art context. Along the same vein as Warhol's silk screens, Gómez plays with the notion of manual labor elevated to concepts of high-art.
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Mia Feuer's Mesh takes a different perspective. Using a 3D scanner, she documented coastlines along the Gulf most vulnerable to the rising sea levels. Along with the various renderings Feuer is showcasing underwater audio recording of melting Arctic glaciers. It's an installation endemically tied to time and space. Her work is especially prescient in South Florida, an area deeply in danger of falling victim to the perils of climate change.
Unlike Gómez, Feuer is interested in areas where human intervention is having a direct impact on landscapes. Gómez on the other hand is interested in how human inaction can also create art, or in this sense, a sculpture. Taken together, the question Gómez's poses in "What Happens When Nothing Happens," is eerily answered by Feuer's impactful models.
If you're interested in checking out the installations in their original forms, stop by the closing reception at Locust Projects this Saturday, June 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. In conjunction with the closing reception, Gómez will unveil a new series of work inspired by his exhibition, and Feuer will present a new limited edition series of watercolor paintings.