Nick C. Kirk, John Worley & Mike Moffatt
September 6 - 29, 2013
I will be premiering this new series of work combining both sculpture and painting to complete one homogenous moment. The series of work plays on personal memories from my childhood to the present. Many are action moments frozen in time. For example, the piece on display: “Morning Water” portrays a large grouping of birds flying away with a birdbath in the foreground. Often times I used to sit on the swing with my mother in the backyard in the mornings. There was/is a bird bath where the birds would fly down, drink and bathe in. It was normally very quiet and calm, quite tranquil. Then for no reason one bird would be skittish and fly off making the entire group of birds react in the same manner and all fly off together. Depending on the season, the groupings of birds would range from very few to hundreds it seemed. The ‘grackle season’ is always loud and annoying in Texas, but the herds of birds is an amazing sight. -- Nick C. Kirk www.nickckirk.com
My name is John Worley, I'm from Fort Worth. I attended Texas Tech University from 2005 to 2011, were I received a BFA and a MAE. I blend traditional medium with contemporary processes that take advantage of new technologies. Conceptually, my work is informed and influenced by new media/social technologies, as well as advances in other areas where human interaction is assisted or modified with computer involvement.
Anamnesis and Omnivory
Seeing everything all at once in a deluge of information, absorbing what is being bombarded at the viewer from all sources. The difference between memes as an internet cultural phenomenon and memetic anamnesis; knowledge that exists in the building blocks of life that must be rediscovered through learning and understanding, these are the concepts that I am researching and in small steps to instill into my paintings. What is the role of technology in art; how it can modify and fuel new avenues of expression inart and how it can enhance traditional media? Taking from the theory of singularity; how close is our society from achieving total technology immersion, constant instantaneous electronic communication? What is important information? If computer memory is infinite then shouldn't every bit of information be gathered from the totality of human history going forward, or should we omit the unnecessary? Who can make that call? The physical object and experience versus the recording and documentation of physical object and experience.
In my work I present an overwhelming wall of imagery ranging from works of cinema and paintings to serene mountain tops and nature scenes. From porn actresses to monuments of human creation, and from the micro-organisms from past epochs to the far reaches of space. I present the viewer with a flash of information that can't help but be on top of and in the way of its self. These things represent us and tell the story of what our civilization has done and continues to do. These images I choose to show and put together tell of what we are capable of, and unfortunately concede our own vanity, and these images are just that, images, bits of information that I grabbed out of a sea of information. My painting is a codex I give unto others, by which a translation of my personal experiences, composition choices, and concepts are to be interpreted and understood. Nothing that I show in the painting is a real physical object I am simply recording a recording using paint and paper. The true object and true experience only exists in the physical world. Where and how we interact with that physical world is changing and is still unique to the individual, but we are given a glimpse into what it is like to experience our world through the point of view of another.
The Omnivory series of work, which is indicative of where my process and concept is heading, is about embracing the emerging digital age and accessing the world-wide visual language to create works of art that explore the issues surrounding a completely connected society. I am interested in the human struggle for relevance and unique identity in the age of 24/7 news cycles, reality television and instantaneous posting of personal lives via social networking sites. These environments encourage individuality and self expression, while at the same time seem to reinforce a tendency to polarize fashions and political ideals. Everything online and on television, to me at least, has become distilled to the smallest truth and the point of the internet which is to spread information for the betterment of our society has given way to over-entertainment and lost to a 1 or 0 approach to understanding. Instead of reserving judgment, researching and finding the complete truth people seem to seek out facts or studies or bits of information that reinforces their already concluded beliefs. I work to represent the juxtaposition of these beliefs, uncover the human struggle and bring to light the beauty of nature, as well as show the brilliance of what man-kind is capable of. I find images that I believe represent these sentiments and collage them together to form a foil that then mirrors the beauty and tragedy to the viewer. The images are born of the sea of information that is the internet, and then are manipulated; forced to "glitch-out" before finally being projected and painted. -- John Worley
Strange works interest me now so I focus on more folklore artwork mixed with fantasy. I like to paint stories into canvas that explain more of a emotion to my style. This is me now, so get used to it. -- Mike Moffatt