Visual Arts Program

Saturday, September 16, 2006 — Saturday, October 28, 2006



Presented at:

Bartow+Metzgar - <em>Corrupture</em>
Bartow+Metzgar - <em>Corrupture</em>
Bartow+Metzgar - <em>Corrupture</em>
Bartow+Metzgar - <em>Corrupture</em>

The projects undertaken by Bartow+Metzgar [Paul Bartow and Richard Metzgar] are arenas within which space is both created and disrupted. Theirs is a pointed exploration of “things in the world” and the the implications of rethinking things and structures as active agents. Using a simple set of algorithms or directives derived from certain known facts (size and shape of the gallery, its lighting track configuration, etc), B+M create an exploding assemblage whose unfolding growth highlights disparate and unexpected connections and relationships between objects and images. Elements of the urban environment (sound, signage, architecture) are reconfigured as the links and hybrids that invent new forms.

There is a wildly exploratory aspect to the practice of Bartow+Metzgar, one in which concrete objects and images nonetheless take on entirely malleable form as they are manifest within a context that relies on (and relishes) rethinking space as an unfolding potentiality. B+M are continually re-examining oneÕs embodiment with the everyday, in that bodily perceptions are continually assaulted with a multiplicity of sensorial stimuli. All of these factors become opportunities for the investigation of potential mediators within the open Bartow+Metzgar equation. To them, there is no such thing as too much. More mediators equal more experiences of the world.

The painted, printed, and video images used as samples of the everyday Corrupture were culled from urban environments including Tapei, Montreal, Rochester, Vancouver, and New York City. It should be a telling detail that these two sculptors collaborate as a single entity separated only by a “+” sign. Their installation projects are distinct versions of “+”. The manner in which elements are added is never repeated, but the underlying sense of perpetual aggregation persists.

Some publications related to this event:
September, 2006 - 2006
October, 2006 - 2006