‘process(ing) recall’ to open May 2 at Launch Pad CooperativeWritten by Staff Reports | | email@example.com
by Chase Will
On May 2 from 7-9pm, Launch Pad Cooperative will hold an opening reception for “process(ing) recall,” the 3rd show of the gallery’s season. This exhibition features work by two artists, Ben Lock and Jefferson Nelson.
“We paired these two together because we thought their refined sensibilities would compliment each other and the minimalist nature of their work,” said Timothy Gaewsky, founder and co-director of Launch Pad. “We gave them the space to pretty much do whatever they wanted with, and they came up with the theme and the arrangement of the space. They both tend to share a sense of craftsmanship. I think it’s going to be a pretty impressive show.”
“This work is probably the most representational of pieces I’ve made as a group,” said Lock, who is also sculpture faculty at BGSU. “I’m really excited to be exhibiting here with Jefferson. It’s a culmination of some artwork I’ve been working on since I arrived in Ohio 2 years ago. It’s exciting to have the opportunity to show work locally and get people out to the gallery.
“Ben will be showing sculpture, so I’ll be showing primarily 2-D work,” said Nelson. “Mine are all pretty much site-specific with the exception of a few paintings and wall pieces. It’s really the type of work I’m into right now. I go into a space, create work, and after the shows done the pieces no longer exist in the way they’re presented at that point in time. There’s an importance to it and an urgency to be in that space and see the work, because when the show’s done you’ll never have the chance again.”
The artists met through Gaewsky, whom Nelson knew previously from helping renovate the gallery. When they hit it off, they discovered shared ideas about art and transformation.
“I’m interested in investigating objects of the past such as American iconography and the manufacturing industry,” said Lock. “Hubcaps from the 50s and 60s have been an inspiration. My process involves a lot of metal casting and mold-making to take these objects to the next step.”
“I have a personal agenda when I make work, but mainly I just reflect the world around me, and what’s around me isn’t always awesome, but sometimes it is, and I try to show both equally,” said Nelson. “Common themes in my work are both beauty and devastation. What I try to do is create themes and images people can latch onto and have a relationship with.”
An example of Nelson’s blending of triumph with tragedy is a piece that features a chunk of his home, but also reflects his divorce.
With full schedules, both artists are vigilant about finding time to hone their craft.
“I remember an anecdote about a man in solitary confinement who focused on his golf game during that time, and upon release his game was vastly improved,” said Nelson. “My evolution has always been about learning. I always want to learn the next step so when I go into a studio I have all these different tools to draw from, and it literally feels like I can make anything.”
“I teach full-time, so I have to take advantage of time off, whether it’s days I’m not teaching or evenings,” said Lock. “I think Jefferson and I are both sincere and driven about have specific visions we want to see through.”
Both artists encourage the public to visit the gallery and support local artists.
Launch Pad Cooperative is located at 911 Jefferson Ave. After the opening reception, tours are by appointment only. For information on upcoming events or to schedule a viewing, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit launchpadcooperative.com.
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