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ESSEX STREET is pleased to present Chadwick Rantanen’s first one person exhibition in New York.
The exhibition will run from May 5 – June 9\, 2013. There will be an opening reception on Sunday May 5\, 6 – 8pm.
The exhibition will include two new bodies of work\, Bins and Loo ps.
Each loop contains 50 segments. Suspended within each segment is p olyester and cotton fabric from a nurse smock. In this exhibition the 5 loo ps respectively hold Eeyore\, Tinkerbell\, Garfield\, Charlie Brown and the Chipmunks. These strips of fabric are wrapped around a carbon fiber rod an d then inserted into a butyrate plastic rod. These rods are then connected to each other by steel ferrules which have been powder coated a matching co lor to that of the fabric. Each segment possesses 2 tags. One tag is foil s tamped on acetate and is a replica of the original tag which accompanied th e fabric. One tag is inkjet on polyester and outlines all of the materials used in the loop. Each segment also possesses at least 2 labels. The labels are laser or inkjet prints on paper or plastic and contain safety warnings \, assembly and disassembly instructions and a model number\, such as “CRLO 14 #27 of 50” which indicates that this particular segment is the 27th of 5 0 of Chadwick Rantanen’s 14th Loop piece. There are occasionally additional tags which possess no text only corresponding colors. The circumferential dimensions of a loop is dependent upon the size of the wall which holds it\ ; a larger wall will require more segments. The shape of the loop is depend ent upon the shape and character of the wall which holds it.
Bins are made up of commercially fabricated storage bins. These are filled with wate r. On the surface of the water are hydrographics. Hydrographics are a metho d of applying images to three dimensional objects. In the process a polyvin yl alcohol film is gravure-printed with an image and is then floated on the surface of a vat of water. An activator chemical is sprayed on the film to dissolve it into a liquid and activate a bonding agent. An object is then lowered into the vat\, through the floating ink layer\, which wraps around and adheres to it. In Rantanen’s bins the process is suspended\, after the activator is sprayed\, the image is left floating. There is a correlation b etween the design of the bins and the design of the hydrographic. Some of t he bins have been custom modified through the use of colored components\, s and blasting and textured surface films. The arrangements of the bins corre sponds to certain traits in their design and that of the hydrographic.
Rantanen’s artworks are systematic devices which convey certain tensions a nd balances / between sitespecificity and portability / between mass produc tion and the handmade / between readymade and customized / between the deco rative and the functional / between the mechanical and the whimsical / betw een arbitrariness and design. His works indicate patterns where perhaps non e were recognized. He takes inspiration from the taste structures of hospit als and health equipment. The most useful precedent to his work is that of Situational Aesthetics and other modes outlined most consummately in Anne R orimer’s “New Art in the 60s and 70s:
Redefining Reality” published by Thames &\; Hudson in 2001.
Rantanen was born in 1981 in Wausau\, W isconsin and lives and works in Los Angeles. He received his MFA from the U niversity of California\, Los Angeles in 2010. Before that he attended Skow hegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine\; Minneapolis College of Ar t and Design\; and the New York Studio Program. Most recently he has had a solo exhibition at STANDARD (OSLO) in Norway. He has been in group exhibiti ons at Moscow Museum of Modern Art\; Micky Schubert\, Berlin\; Shane Campbe ll Gallery Chicago\; Untitled\, New York\; Thomas Duncan Gallery\, Los Ange les

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