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Jim Dorion ” Architectoplast: Debrided Surfaces”
December 23, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - January 3, 2015 @ 4:00 pmFree
Galerie Hertz presents: “ARCHITECTOPLAST: Debrided Surfaces” features the mixed media constructions of JIM DOIRON. Doiron who has spent the last 15 years studying (among other things) how different “art” materials decompose in the “natural” world vs a “controlled environments”, the relationships between applied pigments on desparate materials ; much of this information comes from Doiron’s innate abilities as an artist, his amazing attention to detail. Parts of these skill sets were honed in Venice, It., where Doiron was an Intern in 2000 at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum of Art and again in 2001 when Doiron was asked back to be one of the Host for the American Pavilion for the “Venice Biennial”!
In his spare time (for both stays) Jim wandered the city searching for buildings either under construction/being repaired or slated for demolition and there his experimentation began (just to be clear Doiron never “DEFACED” any buildings and sought permission when possible, we also let Jim do mark making on one of the exterior walls on our house, ca. 1400, (in the small village of Panicale, Italy) to see how it would fare and change over the years. More knowledge came from running the family “construction business” as well as his BFA from the University of Louisville; combine all these elements and you end up with one talented artist with a very unique visual vocabulary!
JIM DOIRON, Artist Statement:
Architectoplast(s) (Noun; singular, plural)
/pronunciation/ˈärkəˌtek(t), tō, plī, plast/syllabification
A human-made substrate imbued with attributes of organic transformation due to the evolution and growth of successive layers. Growth methods include manual alteration, environmental forces and/or organic accumulation such as lichen, moss, ivy etc..
[ANTONYMS] Tabula Rasa
See also: Intravariegatus Metallum (genus) Irregular inclusions, trace vestigial articles and deposits of metal embedded within Arcitectoplyplast.
See also: Intravariegateus Metallum Coronatus (species) of the genus Intravariegatus Metallum, which manifests itself in circular, spheroid or obliquely spheroidal forms. Origins include pipes, drains, doorknobs, peepholes etc.
Architectoplasts thrive in urban areas and rural places. Recently, these living surfaces have been created in controlled environments using artistic intent rather than natural processes in order to study the growth patterns of architectoplypasts.
Studio-grown Architectoplyplasts have had as few as 6 layers to as many as 20 layers and be developed over periods as short as 2 months or spanning several years. Each layer exhibits deliberate compositional manipulation combined with undisciplined forces such as scraping, sanding, and weathering.
Architectoplyasts are most commonly found in public places such as bathroom stalls, billboards, telephone poles, business signage, public desks, underpasses and alley ways.Artist and Archtectoplyplast specialist James Doiron sees these living surfaces as symbiotes of synthesis between natural phenomenon and the human drive to build, rework, bury and reveal incarnations of place, time and population.