Kim Faler: "You Don’t Know My Horizon" and Kai Franz: "While Still Before Us After All"

(Above image: Kim Faler, Excerpt from "Sunday Series", 2015, Archival digital print)


Kim Faler: You Don’t Know My Horizon (June 10, 2017 - July 9, 2017)
Thread on plywood, smoke and foliage, cast pigment on drywall, nail polish on slip-cast porcelain, and electroplated grapevines. Kim Faler’s art is an alchemy of everyday things, cultivating empathy for our ability to apprehend and appreciate beauty in the fleeting moments of life. Through sculpture, installation, photography, and drawing, she makes the mundane mysterious and the common uncanny.
Faler’s works draw inspiration from moments of congruence and beauty in the day-to-day. She transforms and exaggerates patterns, tones, forms, and textures noticed in quotidian moments, in order to draw our attention to the tension between being present, holding on and letting go as the moments pass. A precarious pile of rocks becomes slip-cast porcelain faced with brilliant color in The Wait. In Excuse Me, aerial views of an ocean tide become snapshots of froth and murk filling the frame as flocked graphite and mica on Mylar. In Sonder, grapevines are electroplated and fused together with what looks like pink bubblegum to become a shimmering cloud.
You Don’t Know My Horizon brings together select works by Faler from the last ten years, featuring signature projects from residencies with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in Captiva, Florida and Artpace in San Antonio, Texas. The exhibition also includes a restaging of one of her earliest performance works as well as a new site-specific installation for the Bell Gallery. In this work, the artist explores glass for the first time in collaboration with the assistance of Cindy Del Rio and support from the Rhode Island School of Design Glass Department.
About the artist
Kim Faler has exhibited internationally and throughout the United States, including group exhibitions at Mixed Greens and Gridspace in New York City, MASS MoCA, the deCordova Museum & Sculpture Park in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and an upcoming exhibition at the Beeler Gallery at Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio. Faler has received numerous grants and residencies, including the Joan Mitchell MFA Grant, a US Fulbright Scholarship, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency in Captiva, Florida, and the International Artist-in-Residence Program at Artpace, in San Antonio, Texas. She received her BFA from Ohio Wesleyan University and her MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. She is currently based in North Adams, Massachusetts.

Kai Franz: While Still Before Us After All (June 10, 2017 - July 9, 2017)
While Still Before Us After All places Kai Franz’s art in conversation with the architecture of List Art Building, designed by iconic American modernist Philip Johnson. New sculptures included here were conceived in response to the grids of concrete, stone, and wood in the List Art lobby. The sculptures are reminiscent of the texture and tone of Brutalist concrete architecture, yet the variability and dynamics of their forms appear organic and expressive. 
Franz’s sculptures play with the architectural production of form and architecture’s relationship to matter and materiality in the digital age. Beginning as drawings created with computer-aided-design (CAD) software, Franz’s sculptures are fabricated through the artist’s custom computer-aided-manufacturing (CAM) process. A modified architectural plotting machine first deposits sand, then it drops resin onto the landscape of sand, building the sculptures layer by layer. While akin to 3D printing, Franz’s technique surrenders the control implied in the CAD and CAM processes to embrace the fluidity and unpredictability of the materials as the resin seeps through the sand along the path of least resistance. 
The exhibition features new and recent sculptures by Franz including his first large-scale sculptural work. Accompanying the sculptures, the video work The Particles Fell Silent presents animations of Franz’s CAD drawings subjected to artificial forces and dynamics. A dialogue unfolds between two particles in the drawings, revealing a playfulness at the heart of Franz’s compositions. More than static, fixed forms, the sculptures are moments in the lives of architectural drawings that ponder possibilities beyond the grid­.
About the artist
Kai Franz has exhibited throughout the United States and Germany. Recent projects include: Plopper (Dual-Axis Precision Deposition System) (2012–ongoing) exhibited at the RISD Museum and Pixilerations v.9 and the publication of his book Serial Nature in 2014. He is an Assistant Professor for Spatial Dynamics in the Division of Experimental and Foundation Studies at the Rhode Island School of Design and has taught in both fine arts and architecture at ETH Zurich, Princeton University, and McGill University. He received undergraduate degrees in architecture from RWTH Aachen and ETH Zurich, and undertook an MFA program at the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating with an M-Arch from Princeton University. He was a Fulbright Scholar and in 2013–14 was an artist-in-residence at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Germany. Franz was born in Cologne, Germany and currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island. He is represented by Rockelmann & in Berlin.