Opening Reception: Friday, April 7, 5-8 pmRebekah Wilkins-Pepiton – Climbing ErosClosing Reception & Book Signing: Friday, April 28, 6-8pm Hours: The gallery is open to the public: Fridays, 12-8pm & Saturday 12-8pm Artists: Saranac Art Projects is pleased to present Rebekah Wilkins-Pepiton and Jamin Kuhn.
Climbing Eros – a series of 17 paintings made of foraged inks by Rebekah Wilkins-Pepiton. The paintings were created as part of making the film Climbing Eros, a short documentary that explores the stages of pilgrimage through the eyes of director Charles M Pepiton and his young son who walk the length of a Greek island—from the deserted lighthouse on one end to the peak of Mt. Eros—whilst artist Rebekah Wilkins-Pepiton collects botanicals and objects to create inks for painting. Each finds a means to reconcile with loss and return to the earth and to themselves. The gallery exhibition features two meditations written for the project by Damon Falke—one of confession, one of returning to materiality—that knit the threads of hiking and gathering around Jean-Luc Marion’s notion that “Loving requires distance and the crossing of distance.” The film will be screened as a part of the exhibition.
An artist book featuring the paintings and writing from the project will be available for purchase at the gallery during the show. A book signing with Wilkins-Pepiton and Falke will be held along with the closing reception on Friday, April 28, 6-8pm. For further information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamin Kuhn – Custom Text
Custom Text attempts to conceptually and materially engage with select visual bullhorns of western culture, including that of the presumptuous rear windshield. Through the exploration and remixing of synthetic, manufactured materials, these works draw inspiration from the DIY curatorial efforts of the everyday commuter and consumer, often echoing unoriginal thoughts and sentiments with the sole purpose to express one’s own individuality. As if cornered by the wide-eyed politically motivated grocery store conversationalist, the feedback loop of familiar iconography is interrupted, pulled apart, and remixed, so as to detonate the one-way conversation you never asked for.