Brian Dupont and Chris Rusak are two emerging artists working on separate coasts, who share and interest in the aesthetic possibilities for language and text in contemporary painting. They are coming together in Houston for an exhibition of their paintings at the Skydive Art Space entitled Source Material.
Brian Dupont came to his application of language in art through an interest in systems and expanding his paintings towards the notion of a specific object developed by Donald Judd. The work he will exhibit at Skydive Art Space originates with this practice, building the surface of the painting out from the wall and forcing the viewer to mentally assemble the graphic marks and fragmented language on disparate surfaces into a single image.
Chris Rusak's practice examines psychological interactions with texture, dematerializing printed and pressed media in response to spatial and social stimulus. His collage work, which will be exhibited at Skydive Art Space, uses deconstructed texts to create compositions that question the automatic nature of thought processes, particularly spontaneous emotional responses to language.
We are not asking you to fund the creation of the works for the show. The work to be exhibited for Source Material has (mostly) been completed, but staging the exhibition comes with additional – and not inexpensive – costs to cover the shipping of the work and airfare to Houston. Chris Rusak's works on panel are being shipped from San Francisco; Brian Dupont's three-dimensional paintings on metal are being shipped from Brooklyn. Your contributions to this project will ensure these two bodies of work arrive safely for their rendezvous at Houston. Brian will also fly down from Brooklyn to help install the show and help present the work at the opening reception, with the generous help of the staff at SKYDIVE.
In the wake of the success of this campaign we have changed the amount of art being given away at the $50 and $75 reward levels to send out even more art. Please check the update page for details!
SKYDIVE is an artist run exhibition venue unique to Houston. Its mission is to broaden the spectrum of the dialogue in Houston by bringing in artists from outside of Texas. We are excited to bring our work together for this exhibition at SKYDIVE, and we would greatly appreciate your support in making it possible.
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