Hair Works

Saturday, October 9, 2010 - 11:00am to Saturday, November 6, 2010 - 6:00pm
Urban Arts Space

 

Reception:

Thursday | November 4 | 7 to 9pm

For its third exhibition, City Center presents Hair Works, featuring the art of Jonathan Geiger and Jane Tuss. Using mixed media, the pair explores the contrasting qualities of hair as an intimate item of attraction and foreign item of aversion.

In the exhibition, the two artists contemplate the capability of wool and hair to both entice and repel a viewer. No matter the source, the material is recognizable and natural, allowing the viewer to connect and relate to it. When divorced from the body, hair is thought of as dirty and crude, repulsing the viewer. Geiger and Tuss bridge the divide to create artwork that marries both associations of the human product.

Furthermore, the artists address their own insights on the material through domestic and familial contexts pertaining to each artist's personal history. Through the framework of body and home (both universal experiences), Geiger and Tuss allow viewers to identify with the artwork and possibly connect with what one may view as abhorrent.

About the Artists

Artist Statement: Jonathan Geiger

My artwork is a study of intimate spaces where individuals seek refuge or refreshment from the world. An individual may find contentment in a quiet corner of their house, while another may relax in the anonymity of a crowded urban street. All intimate spaces interest me, but domestic spaces hold the most psychological relevance to my art. My artwork researches domestic spaces within the home, such as drawers, wardrobes, closets, chairs, and corners. Accumulation of objects or materials in these spaces is the primary focus of my artwork. My attraction to accumulation of objects is mimicked by my attraction to accumulation of materials in my art making process. I use paper, fabric, thread, yarn, soap, wool and hair to amass form. The formal element of accumulation can be attributed to my background in sculptural and fiber arts.

Artist Statement: Jane Tuss

My artwork and the processes I use address the strange and physical nature of my world. I have the simple desire to make things, to make objects. My background in fibers processes like weaving, sewing and felting are important influences on my object making.

In my art practice, playfulness with materials and devotion to process remain most important.  I am drawn to combinations of material and form that are typically seen as ugly or unpleasant.  When materials like wool, human hair, wax, paper, and rubber are manipulated in unconventional ways, mysterious and repulsive forms result. Limitless associations with skin, animals, excrement, growth and decay are created.

I am interested in physiology or the parts, activities, and processes of living organisms, especially humans.  I address and affect my physiology in terms of metamorphoses, physical similarities with family, and exaggerations of specific body parts. Eyebrows, scars, orifices and skin, among other things, have influenced my understanding of myself as a physical being.

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