Monica Wyatt – Continuum at the Museum or Art and History

Monica Wyatt – Continuum at the Museum or Art and History

Monica Wyatt
Continuum

Solo exhibition

Opening reception: January 20, 2018 6-8pm
On view: January 20 to March 3, 2018

MOAH: Cedar
44857 Cedar Ave
Lancaster, CA 93534

lancastermoah.org
monicawyatt.com

(Lancaster, California) – The Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, California, is pleased to present Continuum, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles based artist Monica Wyatt.

The curator of the exhibition, jill moniz, writes in an essay, “Monica Wyatt is an artistic alchemist, collecting materials and turning them into precious objects. In this process, Wyatt fuses the history of the materials together to create new beginnings, representing the cyclic nature of all things. This exhibition is a metanarrative of this practice, where Wyatt continues to reimagine objects and compositions that speak forcefully about her inspirations, interventions and intentions.

Wyatt is passionate in her hunt for materials, honoring the histories of these elements whilst stripping them bare so that her reworking feels organic and never forced. She dissembles organs, pianos, cables, sieves and other utilitarian items from a past when people valued human production and craftsmanship. Her objects honor that past and create a new language on an aesthetic continuum that conveys the resonance of an alchemy that we all possess, and reminds the viewer that identity and community are made from diverse elements brought together in harmony.

In another layer of synergy, Wyatt is interested in transforming inorganic materials into shapes that signify nature. Her assemblage is filled with both organic and manmade materials and she challenges the viewer to consider the aesthetic qualities of each as they contribute to her compositions. She makes electric capacitors look like plant life and zip ties mimic deep sea life in order to further a dialog about preservation of all the things we should hold dear.”

MOAH Cedar presents Continuum, Wyatt’s first installation at the museum and the ongoing collaboration with curator jill moniz. Wyatt’s assemblage has evolved from the early influence of Joseph Cornell to a more outside of the box approach. She credits Betye Saar, Claire Falkenstein, Ruth Asawa, Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse and Lee Bontecou with giving her the courage and impetus to pursue engaging themes and compositions that reflect her love for materials, and the new life and meaning she gives them.

Author

Kristine Schomaker is a new media and performance artist, painter and art historian living and working at the Brewery artist complex in Los Angeles. For over 14 years she has been working with various interdisciplinary art forms including online virtual worlds to explore identity and the hybridization of digital media with the physical world. Whether virtual or physical, the object-based work Kristine creates combines elements of color-based gestural abstraction, animation, pattern and design, neo-Baroque and Populence. Using installation, text, photography, mixed media, video and performance for her ongoing conceptual project My Life as an Avatar, she visualizes a narrative/dialogue with her virtual persona, Gracie Kendal. Kristine then documents her experiences on her blog. In 2012, exploring ideas of community, Kristine turned a local gallery into a modern day creation of Gertrude Stein’s salon of the 1920’s with a live mixed-reality dinner party merging the physical world with the online virtual world. Over the summer she also performed The Bald and the Beautiful in which she had her head shaved as a statement to challenge society’s standards of beauty. Currently, Kristine is working as an Artist-in-Residence through the Linden Endowment for the Arts creating an immersive virtual environment which she is planning to bring into the physical world via sculpture/public art work.

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