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Art/Object
td[s]
Elonda Billera
Lester Monzon
In the project space: Nathan Bennett
Organized by Roman Stollenwerk
September 12 – November 23, 2011
Reception for the artists: Wednesday, September 14 from 6-8pm
Panel discussion: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 5pm (CAA 211, Rancho Campus)

The Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to present Art/Object, a selection of exhibitions and projects that present variations on the relationship between art and objects.

td[s] (todosomething) is a design and fabrication studio specializing in furniture and cabinetry that is crafted in their Los Angeles workshop with a commitment to sourcing local, domestic materials. Designers Chad Petersen & Dakota Witzenburg of td[s] have developed a signature style with a focus on craftsmanship that is characterized by a unique and tactile use of materials and finishes blended with interpretations of minimalism, mid-century modernism, and Shaker Style. As designers, Chad Petersen and Dakota Witzenburg are interested in creating pieces that explore the boundaries of what functional objects mean to their users in a contemporary setting.

Elonda Billera's practice is a mixed-media and multidisciplinary forum for social exchange (both physical and psychic). She creates evocative compositions that use sculpture, video and photography, often modifying and recontextualizing found objects that have their own past experiences as previously valued items. Billera's work brings attention to the way that objects can function as emotive markers of social relations.

Los Angeles-based painter Lester Monzon creates paintings that give the appearance of passionate expression; however, Monzon's work is actually created through a precise and calculated process of glazing thin layers to represent textured marks of thick paint. Monzon's work points to the materiality of paint (or lack thereof) and in the process makes the viewer consciously aware of the paintings as objects. Monzon's skillful trick, however, is to create this awareness by using the techniques of representational painting, which generally place focus on the image and divert the viewer's attention from the material construction of the painted object. Monzon's work demonstrates the contrived nature of human expression and shows how the act of rendering carefully shapes and defines the expression itself.

In the project space:
Nathan Bennett is a New York-based artist who uses photography, video, sculpture and drawing in his multidisciplinary practice. Bennett often integrates readymades and appropriated imagery in his work to present pieces of commercial culture with an uncanny tinge. He is interested in philosophy, psychoanalysis and anthropology as social theory practices that confront the limitations of history and the production of culture. In his work, Bennett hopes to create moments of desire and alienation that function as a magnifying glass for the irrationalities of capitalism.



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