There is a Screen | 5/10/14 - 6/15/14

Daniel BairdRyan Lauderdale

There is a Screen is a two-person exhibition uniting Chicago-based Daniel Baird and Brooklyn-based Ryan Lauderdale. Baird delves into historical elements and experiences, confronting hierarchies that are no longer organically attainable. Lauderdale explores a digital realm as a tool to dig up a past that is lost. Uncovering the sublime of the virtual world in relationship to the physical, both artists bring to attention the creation of artifacts.

Opening Reception:
Saturday, May 10, 2014
6:00pm – 10:00pm

Ultra-Deep Field

Opening Reception: October 24, 6-8 p.m.

Exhibition: October 20 – November 14, 2014

Artists: Daniel BairdSarah and Joseph BelknapKatie BellBill CongerLaura DavisAdam FarcusBob JonesHolly MurkersonErin Washington

Curated by Jason JuddUltra-Deep Field is a group exhibition that considers the inadequacy of representing desire, time, and scale by way of hand. Though the artwork spans sculpture, photography, drawing, and video, the pieces posture themselves as self-evident, allowing the literal to be experienced as poetic. In the exhibition, Joseph Belknap lights Sarah Belknap’s cigarette using the sun, Bill Conger stencils an exact replica of a poem written by his 8 year old son, while Erin Washington’s 9 x 12 black acrylic panel documents the process of her hand healing by using her injured hand to draw itself. To this end, Ultra-Deep Field suggests possibilities of how to reorient one’s body with the everyday world that acts upon it.

As Sarah and Joseph Belknap find a way to harness a complex system to have a smoke, Erin Washington asks “why haven’t we seen a photograph of the whole earth yet? The Belknaps and Washington both materialize a new understanding of the cosmic and earthbound from a very local place, themselves. Bill Conger’s lyrical titles amplify a sense of longing and melancholy, which becomes increasingly haunting as more time is spent with each piece: A vintage lighting rod, a smashed wine bottle glued back together, and an exact replication of his young son’s poem. Adam Farcus’s wall poem, in five descending triangles, is a would-be potion that names materials that could be found in the Midwest. Like a materialization from Farcus’s potion, Bob Jones builds work out of humble materials local to him. Jones bounds sticks, rocks, dirt, studio debris with mud, paint, and glue in his studio with the aspiration to offer a link to the mythical through an alchemical change. Daniel Baird uses both found objects and structures he creates to subvert the experience between technological progress and the primitive. One piece includes a rapid prototype, a bird wing, an ejection seat handle, an emergency blanket, a meteorite, and marble dust to name only a few. Katie Bell’s paintings have no plan from the beginning. Though they hang on the wall, the process is about finding the painting within the hunk of plaster. Laura Davis plays with scale, using an image of a necklace  to formally materialize a likeness that proves to be a void. On the other hand, Holly Murkerson’s photographic sculptures reminds the viewer that the photograph is a space they can never enter physically. A desire that you can stand in front of but never be in.

Rockford University Art Gallery, Clark Arts Center / 5050 E. State Street / Rockford, IL 61108

For Aristotle, human beings are political animals who can best achieve some level of happiness within a stable and open political community. But happiness, the standard if misleading translation of the Greek word ‘eudaimonia,’ is not exclusively a form of pleasure or a feeling of personal well-being; it is the state arrived at through the realization of such virtues as courage, justice, and wisdom that are good in and of themselves. Aristotle is careful to point out that external and bodily goods, like affluence, security, and health, are only good to the extent that they support these “goods of the soul.” He writes in 'Politics,’ “Mankind does not acquire or preserve virtue by the help of external goods… and happiness, whether consisting of pleasure or virtue, or both, is more often found in those who are most highly cultivated in their mind and their character

Daniel Baird, ‘Aristotle Got It: The Necessity of Funding Contemporary Art, Even If You Don’t Like It’

The Walrus, October 2012