DR PROJECTS: JACK SLENTZ, CHRIS COLLINS, TIM COX
Industrial Strength Santa Fe
January 12 - February 20, 2016
Artists Reception: Friday, January 15, 2016 5:00 -7:00 PM

DR PROJECTS_ JACK SLENTZ_ CHRIS COLLINS_ TIM COX

David Richard Gallery is pleased to inaugurate its new DR Projects Space with an exhibition of three impressively talented Santa Feans:  Chris Collins, Tim Cox and Jack R. Slentz.  Each evinces a fascination and deep understanding of materials, natural and man-made, and an ability to transform them into something fresh and unexpected.  These artists and their resultant works are like the original materials and objects – ready to emerge into the light.

The exhibition “Industrial Strength Santa Fe” will be presented January 15 through February 20, 2016 with an artist reception on Friday, January 15 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM.  There will be artist presentations on Saturday, January 16, from 3:45 to 5:00 PM moderated by Kathryn M. Davis of “ArtBeat Radio” and New York-based curator Howard Rutkowski. The artists will also participate in a Salon event from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, a collaboration between the gallery and Jordan Eddy and Kyle Farrell of Strangers Collective. The theme for the Salon, “Emerge”, will coincide with the #EmergeSantaFe Instameet on Saturday, January 16 from 12 noon to 9 PM and #DRProjects Pop Up Photography Exhibition February 5 and 6 in collaboration with @SimplySantaFeNM. Find all the details on social media. The gallery’s new location is at 1570 Pacheco Street, Suite A1, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505, phone 505-983-9555 in the midtown neighborhood art and design district.


Chris Collins finds inspiration in the expansive desert wastes surrounding Santa Fe.  Sounds romantic, doesn’t it?  Well, as they say in New York, ‘fuhgeddaboutit.’  Collins scours the landscape for the detritus that people donate to the environment:  tin cans, cartridge boxes, oil drums, signs, automobile parts, and other flotsam and jetsam.  Burnished by the elements and ‘transformed’ by the desire to shoot at things, Collins rescues these cast-off objects for a higher purpose.  With a sculptor’s eye he identifies an underlying aesthetic and while respecting nature’s patination, begins to introduce his own hand through the application of gold, silver and copper leaf.  The resultant works possess a glow that appears to shine from within – a sardine tin becomes a gold ingot and a discarded sheet of iron roofing is transformed into a free-floating abstract composition.  Barrel hoops, cast loose from the staves that have long since disappeared into the desert soil, turn into gestural arabesques suspended in space.  There is quite a bit of alchemy in the process.


Industrial strength in miniature springs forth in Tim Cox’ accurate, but raw, aluminum casts of dumpsters, laundry carts and construction containers.  The reduction in scale permits an appreciation of the abstract geometry of everyday things one tends to give little thought to.  As the Bauhaus long ago demonstrated there is beauty and purity to be found in utilitarian objects.  Unlike the polish required by these early modernist designers, Cox leaves all of the casting flaws, core material and rough edges.  This moves these works away from being maquettes or toy models to sculptural objects that have a real weight and power belying their small scale.


A similar interest and respect for ‘heavy metal’ is seen in the paintings.  Rolled aluminum panels have a thin wash of pigment, thus allowing the support material to remain visible.  The machinery and tool imagery imposed upon these surfaces reinforces both the industrial look and geometry.


Skill and serendipity are the hallmarks of Jack R. Slentz.  Perhaps best known for his wooden sculpture, where single green hardwood blocks are chosen for their color, grain and imperfections.  A violent tool like a chainsaw is used with scalpel precision and as the green wood dries, unplanned, but hoped for, changes occur as the grain shifts and cracks appear.  A new and visually different body of work, the fetish-like forms of rubber, steel and occasionally wood, continues the combination of the expected and unexpected.  Rubber inner tubes are introduced into the hand-forged steel armatures, manacles and wooden sculptural supports and then inflated.  The resultant shapes suggest the exaggerated biomorphic human form constrained and straining against the bondage of metal and wood.  Slentz’ curiousity of how materials perform and transform when put to other purposes are evidenced by his use of ‘virgin’ reflective sign material, cut and reshaped into three-dimensional forms bound with hog rings.  The deep penetrating colors literally radiate into space.

Dog Leg (small white) Jack R Slentz
Dog Leg (small white)
Recycled plywood and wire
2015
6.25 x 6.25 x 6.25 inches
 
Blue Tube Jack R Slentz
Blue Tube
Aluminum sign material (outdoor reflective aluminum sign material)
2014
24 x 24 x 24 inches
 
He_s a little bit off Jack R Slentz
He's a little bit off
Rubber and Hemp
2009
8 x 8 x 8 inches
 
X (sm) Jack R Slentz
X (sm)
Rubber and Hemp
2008
14 x 14 x 11 inches
 
Dog Leg_ Wall Jack R Slentz
Dog Leg, Pair Wall
Aluminum sign material (outdoor reflective aluminum sign material)
2008
12 x 12 x 12 inches
 
Dog Leg_ Pair Jack R Slentz
Dog Leg, Pair
Aluminum sign material (outdoor reflective aluminum sign material)
2008
12 x 12 x 12 inches
 
Snow Chain Jack R Slentz
Snow Chain
Steel and rubber
2015
33 x 33 x 11 inches
 
Highway Man Jack R Slentz
Highway Man
Steel and rubber
2015
31 x 12 x 11 inches
 
Chastity Belt Jack R Slentz
Chastity Belt
Steel and rubber
2015
29 x 29 x 14.5 inches
 
Square Tube Jack R Slentz
Square Tube
Steel and rubber
2015
48 x 48 x 17 inches
 
Manacle Jack R Slentz
Manacle
Steel and rubber
2015
38 x 42 x 17.5 inches
 
Brace Jack R Slentz
Brace
Steel and rubber
2015
42 x 11 x 18 inches
 
Jack Jack R Slentz
Jack
Bay lauryl burl and moto tube
2015
29 x 30 x 30 inches
 
Discard _1 Chris Collins
Discard #1
Found object and Copper
2015
10 x 15 x 4 inches
 
Emanate _2 Chris Collins
Emanate #2
Found object and copper leaf
2015
21 x 15 x 21 inches
 
Chris Collins
Sheet #4
Found object and Copper
2015
10 x 7 x .25 inches
 
Sheet _3 Chris Collins
Sheet #3
Found object and Copper
2015
45 x 22 x 9 inches
 
Sheet _2 Chris Collins
Sheet #2
Found object and Copper
2015
21 x 23 x 7 inches
 
Sheet _1 Chris Collins
Sheet #1
Found object and Copper
2015
20 x 15 x 6 inches
 
Emanate (Gas Can) Chris Collins
Emanate (Gas Can)
Found object and silver leaf
2015
19.5 x 14 x 7 inches
 
Emanate (Drum) Chris Collins
Emanate (Drum)
Found object and silver leaf
2015
35 x 24 x 24 inches
 
Alley Dumpster Tim Cox
Alley Dumpster
Cast aluminum, unique
2015
7.5 x 7.5 x 11 inches
 
Tim Cox
C7
Cast aluminum, unique
2015
10 x 5.5 x 5 inches
 
Tim Cox
Snow Blower
Aluminum, Acrylic paint
2007
9 x 9 inches
 
Forklift _2 Tim Cox
Forklift #2
Aluminum, Acrylic paint
2007
39 x 30 inches
 
Tim Cox
Rock Box
Cast aluminum, unique
2015
7 x 8.25 x 18 inches
 
Tim Cox
Dumpster #2
Cast aluminum, unique
2015
7 x 9 x 8 inches
 
Tim Cox
Dumpster #4
Cast aluminum, unique
2015
7.75 x 8 x 8 inches
 
Ameliorator Tim Cox
Ameliorator
Aluminum, Acrylic paint
2016
12 x 12 inches
 
Haft Tim Cox
Haft
Aluminum, Acrylic paint
2016
12 x 12 inches
 
Circuit Cincher Tim Cox
Circuit Cincher
Aluminum, Acrylic paint
2016
12 x 12 inches
 
Trolley Tim Cox
Trolley
Aluminum, Acrylic paint
2015
12 x 12 inches
 

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