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Exhibitions on view: January 27 - March 24\, 2013

A Handful of Dust
The notion of “prehistory”—as evid enced in material remains and artifacts—compels us to explore crucial conne ctions between an innate desire to make and to hold\, and the social values that determine what humans create and why. A Handful of Dust brings together a group of artists who utilize sculpture to craft a material vern acular at once ancient and contemporary. Recalling those postwar artists wh ose three-dimensional practices relied on a discreet\, visual language—the haunting white forms of Cy Twombly\; Eva Hesse’s small\, raw material exper iments\; or the slender totemic Personages by Louise Bourgeois—a you ng generation of artists now fashions relics for our contemporary moment. I n this exhibition\, spare\, complex constructions made of wood\, plaster\, stone\, and bronze\, or captured on the page or on film\, evoke archaic art ifacts rooted to the earth\, reaching back to the past\, and firmly securin g the place of the object and its capacity to communicate\, in the present< i>.

While the ready-made\, the appropriated\, and the fabr icated object have become so pervasive in contemporary art that they no lon ger challenge\, but instead define a prevailing approach to sculptural prac tice\, the artists featured in this exhibition are instead deeply invested in the organic and the handmade\, and how the most fundamental plastic mate rials and forms can be imbued with the strata of time. Representing a range of media and processes\, these artists closely consider themes of timeless ness and dissociation\, archeology and collecting\, communication\, and the complex yet transformative power and voice of even the most elemental scul ptural tool. At once invoking and fracturing the familiar tropes of landsca pe\, artifact\, model\, and monument\, these objects—fragile\, mutable\, an d potent—beg the most intimate visual encounters while summoning our human desire to behold what the hand can shape.

Artists in the exhib ition include Mark Hagen\, Jay Heikes\, Matt Hoyt\, Erin Shirreff\, Ricky S wallow\, Zin Taylor\, and Allyson Vieira.

DTEND:20130324 DTSTAMP:20140827T122012 DTSTART:20130126 GEO:34.420334;-119.7107494 LOCATION:Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum\,653 Paseo Nuevo Paseo Nuevo Mall Upper Arts Terrace\nSanta Barbara\, CA 93101 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:A Handful of Dust and Bloom Projects: Molly Smith\, Root\, Mark Hag en\, Jay Heikes\, Matt Hoyt\, Erin Shirreff\, Molly Smith\, Ricky Swallow\, Zin Taylor\, and Allyson Vieira. UID:250283 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130126T200000 DTSTAMP:20140827T122012 DTSTART:20130126T180000 GEO:34.420334;-119.7107494 LOCATION:Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum\,653 Paseo Nuevo Paseo Nuevo Mall Upper Arts Terrace\nSanta Barbara\, CA 93101 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:A Handful of Dust and Bloom Projects: Molly Smith\, Root\, Mark Hag en\, Jay Heikes\, Matt Hoyt\, Erin Shirreff\, Molly Smith\, Ricky Swallow\, Zin Taylor\, and Allyson Vieira. UID:250284 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR