DEMO Project presents three exhibition openings on Friday, August 11 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. All three exhibitions will run through Saturday, September 2. DEMO Project is open for the duration of the exhibits on Saturday afternoons from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. or by appointment.
Washington-based artist Maria Lux will present a solo project, “Dominus,” in the front gallery. Los Angeles-based artist Katie Kirk and Chicago-based artist Kaveri Raina will present a two person show, “Exchange Between,” in the back gallery. Lastly, DEMO Project welcomes STNDRD, a curatorial project driven by St. Louis artist Sage Dawson that will presets an outdoor flag pole mounted to the façade of DEMO Project as an exhibition space. Garry Noland, based both in Los Angeles and Kansas City, will present his work, “Failed Flag.”
“Dominus” leverages the cues of domestic space still present in DEMO Project’s converted-home gallery as a backdrop for a new project considering resistance—in both animal and machine—against the human force to domesticate and dominate. In this work, raccoons (notoriously impossible to domesticate but known for their fondness of human trash) and Roombas (self-driven robotic vacuum cleaners that often make bigger messes than they clean up) join forces to create chaos in the gallery space, emphasizing their perversely pleasurable defiance of human will.
Maria Lux is a research-driven artist who makes installation-based works centering on the way animals are used to generate human knowledge and understanding. She earned her BFA from Iowa State University in 2006 and her MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012. She has been an artist in residence at the Prairie Center of the Arts in Peoria, IL and the Center for New Art at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ; and has shown work throughout the United States including solo exhibitions at Upfor Gallery in Portland, OR; Visual Arts Exchange Cube Gallery in Raleigh, NC; and a recent exhibition at VisArts in Rockville, MD. She is currently an assistant professor of art at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA.
Matter and material serve as principle metaphors in Katie Kirk and Kaveri Raina’s work. They posit ideas about the role of pleasure in art and life. The experience of their work is sometimes confounding, but they strive for it to also be gratifying, providing a physical, psychological, and optical whole that is perceived as more than the sum of its parts. In situating the work within the intimate space of Demo Project, Kirk and Raina bring the viewer into a quiet, close exchange with the work. These pieces together are generous, offering the viewer a phenomenal experience. The ultimate relationship between the work is intuited, but necessary.
Katie Kirk is an artist living and working in Los Angeles, CA. She received her BA in Film and Television Production at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and her MFA in Painting and Drawing the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited at The Torrance Art Museum, Pennsylvania State University, EXPO Chicago, and Brandt-Roberts Gallery. Katie is also co-director of Dalton Warehouse, an artist-run studio and exhibition space in Los Angeles.
Kaveri Raina is a painter living in Chicago, IL. She was born and raised in New Delhi, India and moved to the States at the age of eleven. She received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016 and her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011. Raina has received awards and fellowships including the James Nelson Raymond fellowship, Fred and Joanna Lazarus Scholarship, amongst others. Raina’s work has been exhibited in the US, India and Germany. Raina will be attending the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in summer 2017.
STNDRD at DEMO Project: “Failed Flag”
In the sense that everything’s a flag, everything emblazons some proposition by what it is or what it is not. Sports teams, ISIS, countries, for instance, use a flag to deliver a message–a short cut, in a way, or a kind of meme. “Failed Flag” takes cues from earlier work by Garry Noland such as “Failed Axle” and “Failed Alphabet.” The flag is functional but not fully so. Its carving suggests movement, but it’s static. Beyond the content of its materials, “Failed Flag” considers the Central Illinois corn harvest taking place during the exhibition. Gold tape suggests the color of corn oil and currency, and as a fringe around the perimeter, corn cob holders poke into and line the flag.
Garry Noland has maintained an active studio practice in Kansas City and Los Angeles since 1980. He earned a BA in History of Art from University of Missouri-Kansas City. Noland was a regular contributor to Art Extra (Wichita), Forum (Kansas City) and New Art Examiner (Chicago). His work was awarded a NEA/Mid-America Arts Alliance visual artist’s award in Works on Paper in 1994 and a Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artists Fellowship in 2014. Notable exhibitions include “Unorganized Territory” at Bemis Center for the Contemporary Art (Omaha); “The Tyranny of Good Taste” at Glass Curtain Gallery /La Esquina (Chicago/KC); “Near Abstractions” at University of Tulsa; “The Center is a Moving Target” at Kemper Crossroads; “Downstream” at Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts with Peggy Noland (St. Louis) and with Susan White and Miki Baird at Daum Museum of Contemporary Art (Sedalia, MO). Future exhibitions include a show with Leigh Suggs at Artspace (NC); a two-artist show at Los Angeles Valley College (CA) and a solo show at Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Chicago).