Josh Faught and Alex Schweder La

Western Bridge will be celebrating the opening of two new works, Procedures to Reduce Contamination and Stimulate Better Living by Josh Faught and This Apple Tastes Like Our Living Room Used to Smell by Alex Schweder La, with an opening reception and artists talk this Thursday June 17,  from 6 – 8pm. Don’t miss it.

New Year 11
Josh Faught
Procedures to Reduce Contamination and Stimulate Better Living
June 17–26, 2010

For the eleventh installment in New Year, Western Bridge’s series of two-week projects, Josh Faught presents an installation of new sculpture.
Many of the works in the show are loosely based on a list of rules from a now-defunct bathhouse that the artist found while perusing the Pacific Northwest Gay and Lesbian Archives in Portland. The list, a single sheet of mimeographed paper with the header “Rules to Party Play,” resembles something that might appear in an office break room. Faught reconfigures the text through an expressive vernacular of crocheted and handwoven textiles. The artist employs bleached hemp yarn, French manicure press-on nails, political pins, potpourri pies, spray paint, scrapbooking stickers, and sequins, simultaneously articulating the deepest domestic lament and the most urgent political strategies.

Josh Faught received a BA from Oberlin College in 2001, an AAS in Textile and Surface Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology in 2004, and an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006. Faught’s work has been exhibited nationally. Recent exhibitions have included The Buckham Gallery (Flint, MI), The Second Gallery (Boston, MA), Helm Gallery (Tacoma, WA), Roots and Culture Contemporary Art Center (Chicago, IL),  Orchard Street Gallery (New York, NY), and Booster and Seven Gallery (Chicago, IL). His work has also appeared in numerous print journals including Bailiwik and KnitKnit.

June 17 — July 31, 2010
Alex Schweder La
This Apple Tastes Like Our Living Room Used to Smell

Alex Schweder La presents an intervention at Western Bridge, part of a long-term project titled “This Apple Tastes Like Our Living Room Used to Smell.” The
project was first seen as part of the Western Bridge exhibition “Insubstantial Pageant Faded” in the form of a projected video. A sculpture in the form of a ruined, mossgrown house appears in the living room of the apartment at Western Bridge. Realistically rendered rot, mold, and moss extend from the ruin into the building itself, spreading across the floor to the wall, and through the wall to the next space in the building. The sculpture will remain on view at Western Bridge until the end of July, while the growths will remain and spread until Western Bridge closes permanently in spring 2012. “This Apple Tastes Like Our Living Room Used to Smell” develops from “performance architecture,” the artist’s term for his investigation of the permeable relationships between occupied spaces and occupying subjects. “A subject first perceives his or her environment and is then changed by that perception,” he writes. “This person in turn alters their environment to make it correspond to their fantasy. This process continues until the scrimmage of objects and subjects produces an architecture where referring to the two as distinct becomes irrelevant.” In this project, the residential architecture suggests human inhabitants, but the visible interrelationship is between inorganic, decaying architecture and organic, growing plant forms. Building on research into biodegradable structural materials, Schweder will also
install at an offsite, outdoor location a model house of biodegradableresin. He will add new wings every season for the next two years. As the material of the house degrades, it releases seeds into the ground. The ruin will give way to a garden.

Alex Schweder La holds a B.Arch. from the Pratt Institute and an M.Arch. from Princeton. He was a Rome Prize Fellow in architecture at the American Academy in 2005-2006. He has presented solo exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Chinati Foundation, Marfa; Lawrimore Project, Seattle; Suyama Space, Seattle; and Henry Urbach Architecture, New York.

Artist talk at 7pm.

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