ARTIST DƏ ˈZHO͝OR: Brent Wadden

Equally as inspired by the handcrafted as he is disheartened by the glut of cheap products fueling consumerist culture.

Alignment #47 , 2014  Hand woven fibers, wool, cotton and acrylic on canvas  65 87/100 × 107 9/10 in  167.3 × 274.1 cm

Alignment #47, 2014

Hand woven fibers, wool, cotton and acrylic on canvas

65 87/100 × 107 9/10 in

167.3 × 274.1 cm

“I draw inspiration from all over, but mostly I’m attracted to objects that are handmade and have some kind of special quality to them,” he describes. “It’s hard to explain, but I can admire a Picasso just as much as a crusty wooden lawn ornament my uncle made in 1987.”
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compositions that stand as formidable challenges to the ethics and aesthetics of unchecked consumption

ARTIST DƏ ˈZHO͝OR: Philip Taaffe

Exuberant, intricate work that celebrates man's ritualistic impulses toward image making, borrowing widely from world culture motifs like Northwest Coast Indian masks, Islamic ornamentation, and Japanese perforated screens. 

Konya, 2009

Mixed media on linen

56 × 64 1/2 in

142.2 × 163.8 cm

Known for its elaborate sampling of methods (a single work may use collage, monotype, relief printing, marbling, gilding, silk-screening, and the gestures of Action painting). 

Ophiuran, Prismatic , 2014   Mixed media on canvas  76 1/2 × 70 in  194.3 × 177.8 cm

Ophiuran, Prismatic, 2014

Mixed media on canvas

76 1/2 × 70 in

194.3 × 177.8 cm

Taaffe's art is founded on his belief that painting should be a synthesis of visual forces rather than the ruptures sought by modernism. 

Thronus , 2007  Mixed media on paper  19 3/4 × 17 1/2 in  50.2 × 44.5 cm

Thronus, 2007

Mixed media on paper

19 3/4 × 17 1/2 in

50.2 × 44.5 cm

References include Op Art, abstract artists Jackson Pollockand Robert Rauschenberg, the 1970s Pattern and Decoration movement, and 1980s appropriation art.

 

Artist də ˈZHo͝or: Erin Lawlor

beyond images of form, direct forms of matter, whose form is internal

'Under the Bridge' 2016

'Under the Bridge' 2016

there is something not unlike fractals, of the micro or macrocosm, deliberately imprecise, but certainly very far from any form of geometric abstraction, and in which the reference to the organic remains tangible

Sway , 2016   Oil on canvas  35 2/5 × 27 3/5 in  90 × 70 cm

Sway, 2016

Oil on canvas

35 2/5 × 27 3/5 in

90 × 70 cm

     Little Warg , 2016   Oil on canvas  11 4/5 × 7 9/10 in  30 × 20 cm

 

Little Warg, 2016

Oil on canvas

11 4/5 × 7 9/10 in

30 × 20 cm