Sarah Kolar & Brian Wetjen
May 5-June 27, 2017
Layering references, techniques, and practices Interwoven explores the abstract work of Sarah Kolar and Brian Wetjen. Working beyond specific meanings and interpretations, each artist creates complex works from simple materials. Independently their work shares aesthetic commonalities, yet in their pairing, shared new meanings emerge.
Kolar's creates sculptural work from de-constructed white t-shirts. Commenting on consumer culture and consumption, her architectural weavings builds structure into two-dimensional fabric strips. The past lives of the strips of t-shirt are present in obvious signs of wear including stains and fading. Theses meditative objects also employ the history of craft techniques, such as crochet and weaving, to build continuous mimicking forms both conceptually and literally.
Similar to Kolar's repetitive work, Wetjen's process-based paintings and sculptural objects are fields of re-occurring shapes and colors. Layering watercolor, charcoal, wood, ice and concrete the landscape of his works on view are variations of themselves.
Interwoven is infused with themes of layered content. Spatially, Kolar's works are a three-dimensional representation of Wetjen's painting and vice versa. Together they inform each other as a legend to spaces yet to be discovered and landscapes unseen.