Jackson, WY – With another Fall Arts Festival just around the corner, the Tayloe Piggott Gallery is pleased to announce their show, “Art and the Communication of Space.” The gallery will bring a new set of widely recognized artists to Jackson Hole for an exhibition that will call into question the viewer’s relationship between art and space. The show will open September 1st and the gallery will host a reception for Palates & Palettes on September 9th from 5:00pm to 9:00pm, and the Art Walk Brunch on September 18th from 10am to 1pm. Personal viewing appointments are also encouraged, due to the intimacy of the show.
Do you ever consider your own participation in the relationship between art and space? Have you encountered works of art that visually connect the subject to nothing but space? Or seen pieces that create space just by the creation of the piece itself? The Tayloe Piggott Gallery will be introducing artists whose use of space and figures is a central component in their artwork. Artists represented in the show include Raul Diaz, Nathaniel Donnett, James Drake, Lisa Kokin and Peggy Preheim. While all of these artists are living, their works have already made an impressive impact within the contemporary art world.
Typically, there are two types of artists; those who paint what they observe in their surroundings in the form of landscapes, portraits and scenery and those who create from memories, stories, dreams and emotions. This show focuses on the second type of artist. Each exhibited piece of art has been chosen for its ability to instantly capture the viewer with a familiar feeling. At the same time, these pieces are highly unfamiliar as they take us to places internally that we tend to shy away from facing. Acting as true portals into the artist’s psyche, these works are windows into another time or place that we can choose to either enter or stay separate from. It is not easy to admit to or even simply observe the fragility, fleetingness and sometimes loneliness of human existence. These featured artists not only accomplish this exploration but invite us on their personal journeys. In this highly sensory display, you will have the opportunity to reflect on these ideas that are so often quickly dismissed or overlooked.
Raul Diaz was born in 1952 in Cordoba, Argentina, where he continues to live and produce his art. Although Diaz studied architecture, he could not avoid the overwhelming call within himself to be a painter. Self-taught as such, he has emerged as one of the most prominent artists in Argentina. Raul Diaz has held shows all over South America and is included in numerous major collections. His works instill a strong sense of welcomed isolation, in the sense that many of us in today’s easily accessible and highly connected world crave time to be alone to reflect and think.
Houston, Texas artist, Nathaniel Donnett, focuses on the study of human behavior, its psychological and emotional impact on society and conversely how society affects the collective and individual consciousness. Multiple-disciplinary methods such as mixed media drawings, collages, sculptures, installations, video, performances, are some of the methods used to address these social issues and the human condition. Some of the spaces he’s exhibited are the Armory Show in New York, Exit Art New York, Art Miami, Lawndale Art Center, The National Museum in Lima, Peru, The Modern Museum of Peru, Project Row Houses and Texas Southern University Museum.
James Drake, who lives and works in Santa Fe, NM, pushes the envelope in his exploration of boundaries through sculpture, video, installation, photography and drawing. He explores political boundaries, internal boundaries as well as the relationship between people and animals – especially the animal qualities which lurk in human behavior. Drake’s work is a part of numerous public and permanent collections including The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA, The National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., and The New York Public Library, New York, NY.
San Francisco-based artist, Lisa Kokin, revels in the secrecy and intimacy of books, of which she alters along with their text and memory by a complex system of destruction and preservation. There is as much meaning in what has been taken away as in what remains. Through her process of artmaking, Lisa is able to explore cultural and personal issues of conformity and gender, the ambiguities of society and the behavior of humans.
Peggy Preheim, who works in Manhattan, is best known for her exquisitely rendered pencil drawings, but also creates figurative sculpture and photographs. Her sculptural assemblages feature white clay figures and found objects including furniture, doll’s clothes, and Victorian glass, and her atmospheric black-and-white photographs are based on her sculptural work. At the core of Preheim’s art is her drawing; very small-scale, tightly rendered work that explores highly nuanced imagery related to memory, sexuality, aging, and the complex inner relationship of childhood to adulthood. Preheim is featured in multiple collections including The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York, NY, The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.
“Maybe it somewhat scarily suggests that all of us, with our passions and enthusiasms, are very tiny, fragile, and also soluble in time; we’re going to vanish into the universe one day and that’s just how it is.” – Gregory Volk in reference to Peggy Preheim’s work