The Eclectic Company
A Group Exhibition
This group exhibition features works as varied as the artists who made them; from painting to sctulpture to textiles to even a hint of street art. The show includes local artists Neil Goss, Laura Maloney, Marie McKenzie, Carie Musick, and Thomas Woodward.
A bit about the artists:
Carie Musick; Secrets, intimate moments, and once private lives are now readily posted, and permanent, on a worldwide communal stage. My work explores the dichotomy of the historic and religious female vs. the contemporary sexual female. As a wayward member of the Mormon Church, I seek to revive the traditional and stereotyped domestic arts of my heritage (such as embroidery, crochet, sewing, etc.) by illustrating and uncovering present-day feminine sexuality, relationships, and religion. 69naughtystitches.tumblr.com
Neil Goss; I’ve spent the past 6 years researching and working with fiber, natural dyes and hand dug clay and other foraged art materials. My experience has led me to desire something deeper and more relatable within my materials and processes than those found in purchasing canvas, brushes and paint from the store. I want to more thoroughly understand and develop a real relationship with the materials and processes that I use.
I am interested in the Earth and the natural surroundings because I want to live with and utilize them through reciprocity. I don’t want to live like contemporary human beings, working against the land and building on top of it while owning and conquering it at the same time. I don’t need nor want that much control, dominion be not for me. As Chief Seattle said, “the Earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the Earth.” As soon as that is recognized, if it is recognized, true progression can ensue. And until then, I will continue to regress and simplify my life within this forward-driven world.
My creations are offerings to the Earth, made and borrowed from the Earth. They are extensions of my spiritual and physical self, embodying all that I possess. The Earth provides me life and I must attempt to give it life and energy. I utilize the Earth as my art supply store. Through the use of natural materials like hemp, wool, fallen tree limbs, medicinal natural dyes and hand dug clay I utilize the bounty our Earth offers to create sustainable and biodegradable works of art. My art does not need to be permanent, as I do not intend it to last forever. My work can of course be preserved, but it possesses a desire to be ephemeral. The evolution and progression of age and degradation reflects our lives and my life. Why should the artwork that I create be any different? I believe it should, like me, have a birth, life and death. www.neilgoss.com
Marie McKenzie; www.mariemckenzie.com
Thomas Woodward; www.mrwoodward.com
Laura Maloney; www.instagram.com/laurabaloney/
Opening Reception on First Fridays, February 3rd, from 6:00-10:00pm