Featured in // THIS WEEK WITH // is a series of sculptures by Tom McFarland from the exhibition Excess to Extinction curated by Andrew Cole + Grace Lerner.
Tom McFarland’s string sculptures posit the notion of occupying stages of consumption and extinction, particularly in relation to locations that have influenced the artist. Free-standing surrealistic sculptures drip off a rail-thin frame of string, joint compound, acrylic paint, and resin. These lean, osseous forms are a visceral nod to an organismic extinction.
"McFarland melds a tradition of rugged craftsmanship, with a precise and intricate process to his mixed media work. The artist draws autobiographical inspiration from the utilitarian practices of blacksmithing, textiles, and the fine arts. From these varying spheres of influence McFarland takes a controlled approach utilizing resin, acrylic paint, mesh, wood, and metal, among other materials, to communicate a deconstructed, raw aesthetic of painting and sculpture. Heavily process oriented, McFarland balances heavy texture and elegant coloration to create a quizzical, idiosyncratic space for the viewer." - Andrew Cole + Grace Lerner, curators
Artist Bio: Born in 1991 in San Antonio, TX, Tom McFarland received his BFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design in 2014. Prior to RISD, he was accepted to the Marie Walsh Sharpe program in Colorado Springs, CO, in 2009. McFarland shows internationally including recent exhibitions at Carlsberg Byens Galleri & Kunstsalon in Copenhagen, Denmark; Cindy Rucker Gallery in New York (curated by Markus Linnenbrink); and the inaugural Dimensions Exposition in Miami, FL, an instillation focused art fair during Art Basel Miami Beach. Tom McFarland lives and works in New York.
Curator Bios: Grace Lerner is an independent curator in NYC. Her exhibitions have been on view at spaces including Disturb The Neighbors, Underdonk, and The Gallery at LIC Arts Open. Andrew Cole is a dealer and independent curator based in Brooklyn, NY. Most recently, he curated a retrospective of 83-year-old Japanese minimalist, Hisao Hanafusa, at UNIX Gallery, New York. Other exhibitions have been included in the UNTITLED SF Art Fair, Volta Basel, the inaugural Dimensions Exposition during Art Basel Miami Beach 2019, and in SPRING/BREAK 2019’s Special Projects with Jonathan Paul’s “Are You One Of Us Or One Of Them?”. Andrew holds a Master’s Degree in Art Management form the Heinz School at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.
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