DEMO Project presents“Opposites Attract” from Chicago-based artist Tom Burtonwood and “The Land And People” from Milwaukee-based artist Thad Kellstadt.
Both exhibitions will open at DEMO Project on Friday, November 10 from 6:00 – 8:30 PM.
The opening will also feature a one-night screening from artist Jesse McLean. Her video, “Climbing,” will be projected on the DEMO Project exterior.
“Opposites Attract” is an exhibition of new works by British born artist Tom Burtonwood that explore strategies for making sculpture and installation working directly from 3D scans of the DEMO Project house and other architectural source material.
Vehicular proximity awareness, biometric identity authorization and remote topology capture are examples of 3D scanning technologies becoming ubiquitous in everyday life. Probing the physical world with lens and laser based systems they apprehend the immediate, verify the unseen and survey the remote.
Quantum mechanics proposes that an object can be in two places at the same time. Working with both LiDAR and Photogrammetry Burtonwood has created a body of work that responds to the Demo Project house producing fragmented echoes and simulations from surfaces and objects inherent to the structure. Using a series of lattice based structures and suspension display strategies these works will be installed at odds with the space, in polar opposition to the site or their origin.
“Opposites Attract” also includes a number of two and three-dimensional works drawn from other sources including architectural features and photographs of recent events. These pieces are part of an ongoing body of work developing ways for simulating textures and images on surfaces and objects.
Thad Kellstadt’s paintings are intended to act architecturally, figuratively or topographically — all at once or independently. They are houses, they are friends and they are road maps. In dark times, these paintings offer escape routes to joy.
“The structures I paint on are made primarily out of discarded wood. The building where my studio is also houses carpenters, who generously give me their scraps. I pick through this discarded wood, to pull out the interesting shapes and forms. There is a lot of collecting in my process. I visit thrift stores looking for wooden animals, bowls and bric-a-brac to cut and fit into my structures. Collecting and reformation are vital parts of my work, and allow me create wonderful problems for myself with what I find,” says Thad. “The paintings are intended to act architecturally, figuratively or topographically, all at once or independently. They are houses, they are friends and they are road maps. In dark times, these paintings offer escape routes to joy.”