Laura Rathe Fine Art announces Breaking Bad, an exhibition featuring contemporary sculptors Matt Devine, Paul Rousso, and fine art photographer Max Steven-Grossman, with opening reception held on Saturday, June 20th from 11 am – 8 pm.
“The future is uncertain, but uncertainty is at the very heart of human creativity” – Ilya Prigogine
This exciting exhibition showcases three artists’ ability to embrace uncertainty and flourish during the more trying times- void of human connection and status quo. Working in three distinct mediums, the triad of artists presents profound new bodies of work inspired by this period of precariousness and isolation we find ourselves in, showing how beauty and creativity stem from adversity.
Breaking Bad will be on display through July 18th, 2020.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Self-taught sculptor, Matt Devine, works with steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and bronze. Devine has developed his own style with the use of mark making. Pared-down organic shapes are formed out of sheet and solid materials and seamlessly welded together, often allowing the metal to appear as light as paper. His sculptures can be found in private collections throughout North America and international collections on five continents. Devine has expanded his scope to include design and fabrication of large-scale public works on display in prominent urban settings.
In Max Steven-Grossman’s photographic series of “Bookscapes” the assembled libraries only exist in his photographs. Pulling from different bookshelves, he reorganizes them into a creative digital composition of a new thematic “Bookscape.” The relationship each viewer expereiences is almost immediately personal depending on the theme of the particular assembled library and the viewers relationship to that theme: Rock, art, film, fashion, architecture, art, Hollywood, ect.
North Carolina artist, Paul Rousso, uses heat infusion on polystyrene to create hyper-realistic, hyper-sized, sculptures of everyday print objects. Advances in technology have enabled him to delve into the heat-tempered sculpting of the world’s ephemera in surprising ways. Through exaggerations of size, Rousso places familiar items as a crumpled-up ten dollar bill or news paper on the same relative plane as the viewer. Rousso’s art speaks to the conversion of physical objects and the effect of that transformation on the viewer. He points out that, “all this stuff is going away,” and as the ink and paper era is drawing to a close, Rousso wants you to take a good long look.