Mythic Handiwork is an installation exploring issues related to the hand(craft), the physicality of labor, and cultural and collective mythology. Commenting specifically on the handicraft of Native American artist, Datsolalee, Mutchler has reconstructed a contemporary degikup-style basket, using modern-day methods and materials, that rests below a myriad of stars. Silkscreen techniques were used to print on several hundred chipboard substrates that have been cut, scored and folded into a multitude of objects representing the night sky. The sky hangs, trapped, in neon yellow, handmade macramé cotton net.
Leslie Mutchler earned a BFA from Kent State University in Kent, OH and an MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Elkins Park, PA. Currently, Mutchler is Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, teaching and restructuring 2D Foundations. Recent solo shows include Geometry of Labor, Poliglota Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2011), (F)utility Kitchen, Snowflake, St. Louis, MO (2011), and SOS, TAG, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL (2010).
Jason Urban makes large-scale printworks that question notions of permanence and ephemerality. Through various and ever-changing means of production, Urban generates quantities of printed matter. This printed matter is assembled to create both the suggestion of image and the reality of layered print accumulation. The ephemeral nature of paper becomes a literal and metaphorical representation of fleeting memories as sunsets, sunrises, and images of other “poignant” moments shift in the breeze. Urban emphasizes the duality of a timeless moment and temporality of the material.
Jason is an artist/writer/designer/curator/teacher living and working in Austin, TX. Originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania, Urban earned his BFA from Kutztown University in Kutztown, PA and then his MA and MFA from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. His prints, drawings, paintings and installations have been featured in numerous venues both nationally and internationally.
Urban is also co-founder and contributor of http://printeresting.org/: “the thinking person’s favorite online resource for interesting printmaking miscellany.”