Woodland Pattern Book Center & Guest Curator Paul Druecke are pleased to present SIGNMENTS works by neon & argon artist, Jeffry Chiplis
“Each [of Chiplis’ pieces] is an enigmatic example of the decay and recovery of meaning, and the crisscrossing ambiguities of language, symbol, form and function… [with a] Dadaist’s attraction to the inherent beauty and semiotic potential of fragmentary remains, things that time or economic vicissitudes have exiled from their original purpose.”
—Douglas Max Utter, from Jeffry Chiplis: This is Not a Sign
Opening Reception for Signments & LocuStLed:
Friday, April 8, 6-9 PM Friday, April 8, 6-9 PM
Exhibition Runs Friday, April 8 through Sunday, May 8
FREE and open to the public
Jeffry Chiplis was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and earned his B.F.A in Sculpture from Indiana University. For more than three decades, he has salvaged neon and argon tubes from commercial signage and reassembled them into sculpture. In so doing, his work often appropriates cultural touchstones in a play of ephemerality and nostalgia. Chiplis’ sculptures echo Jean Dubuffet’s admonition that “Art should be born from the material. Spirituality should borrow the language of the material. Each material has its own language and it is a language.” Add to that, in Chiplis’s own words, “and the simplicity of the language is the Art.” Chiplis has exhibited work at Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art, William Busta Gallery (Cleveland, Ohio), White Box Gallery (NYC), Butler Institute of American Art, among many other venues. He was an artist in residence at the Dilna Symposium in Mikulov, Czech Republic. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio..
Paul Druecke's work was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial. His Social Event Archive will be exhibited at the Milwaukee Art Museum in 2016 in honor of the project's 20th anniversary. A co-authored discussion of his work will be included in the forthcoming Blackwell Companion to Public Art, and he's currently an invited resident at the Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik in Berlin, Germany. Druecke has been artist-in-residence at Spaces World Art Program in Cleveland, Ohio, and in the Berlin iteration of the Many Mini Residency series, and has worked with numerous venues, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC; Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne; and Lynden Sculpture Garden, Milwaukee. Druecke has published two books with Green Gallery Press, Life and Death on the Bluffs (2014), which premiered at the Whitney Biennial, and The Last Days of John Budgen Jr. (2010). Paul Druecke lives in Milwaukee Wisconsin, where he teaches at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design.
Presented by Guest Curator Paul Druecke, and running concurrently with LocuStLed.
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