Emphasizing value in materiality Marcus Geiger (Vienna) meets Margaret Welsh (Chicago,) in a joined exhibition, co-curated by Michael Hall and Aron Gent, where low quality materials create high quality art.
After years of artistic hiatus, Welsh, has six object-paintings hanging at Document gallery –a single-room space dominated by a monumental cardboard sculpture. The arrangement of this monolithic structure –large cardboard pieces temporarily fixed together– reveals Geiger’s approach to both material and subject matter. With a history of questioning the inner workings of the art world, he is using the simplest of materials and the space as an extension of his canvas, as he is reconstructing the boundaries between value and worthlessness and blurring the lines between art, physical architecture and design. Ready-mades created by found objects that are deconstructed then put back together, surround the gallery walls. Welsh works with common paper bags that are torn apart creating some kind of a footprint. Then, connecting two at a time, she composes a final form that she later covers with latex paint sourced from home improvement stores.
Reprocessing materials that were meant for disposal, the two artists’ works peacefully coexist informing one another and creating a dialogue that moves beyond painting and sculpture, to link the symbolic and the literal, the personal and the universal –with Welsh’s works titled: “Lost Inside You,” and “Right Where I Want You”– at the same time prompting the viewer to approach art as an open-ended, processed-focused experience.