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As the title of the show implies\, the March exhibition at Seager Gray Gallery ha s as its focus\, materials – glass\, wood\, thread\, buttons\, clay\, steel \, books\, paper. We are interested in how artists interact with and master their materials and how the materials themselves matter as an essential pa rt of the content of the work. We find that we are drawn to works in which artists use their medium as a means of communication. Like all galleries\, as we became more established\, our own direction began to define itself at tracting artists of like mind. Certainly our focus on book-related works ga ve us a broader understanding of how a harmonic chord can be struck when fo rm and content are in perfect harmony. That aesthetic understanding has ext ended itself more broadly to all works of art and we had a clear purpose in putting together this March exhibition.

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In Lisa Kokin’s Primary\, the use of thread as a medium is more than just a means to an end. The mate rial itself is easily associat- ed with connection\, fragility and the tend er thread that is bro-
ken when a loved one is gone. An earlier work\ , Piecework unites imitation sinew with buttons and household materials\, g iving clues to the history and character of the subject. Similarly\, there is a rich source of communication in the clay sculpture of Richard Shaw\, t he glass teardrops of Sibylle Peretti and the sharp contrast between the to ughness of steel and ephemeral quality of gathered book pages in the sculpt ure of Andrew Hayes. Two of the artists\, Jacqueline Rush Lee and Jody Alex ander use books as their prima- ry material. Lee’s sculptures focus on the book as her medium and archetypal form. Alexander’s works reveal her love o f the book as an aesthetic object\, enduring through time.

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The coll aborative works by artists Joe and Will Brubaker utilize their vast collect ion of discarded materials from old houses and furniture to make new config urations that set carved figures in abstract environments that speak of tim e and endurance. In Fragile Password\, Gyöngy Laky constructs the word “Yes ” from ash cut- tings and commercial wood\, suggesting that concepts and wo rds have their own architecture – an architecture built on historical meani ngs and mutual understandings (or misunderstandings).

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Stephen Paul Day’s cast bronze piece\, Twin Daggers contra sts the cold bronze and primal weaponry with the innocence of the twin girl s holding their dolls on the handles - particularly poignant during these d ays of weaponry and child violence. Tim Tate’s work\, La Généalogie de la L ittérature features both blown and cast glass in a reliquary of artifacts f rom the world of printing – books\, typewriters and pencils topped with an old typewriter eraser. Here again\, the material has the possibility of pro tecting\, while remain- ing eminently breakable. Emily Payne’s New Crop\, a n installation of wire “seed” sculptures hangs as 3 dimensional drawings in space and Veva Edelson plays with the idea of “figurines” and mythology in her exquisitely crafted porcelain works.

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Finally\, there is the to ughness of nails and steel in the sculpture of Maya Whitner and the fragili ty of paper napkins in the com- pelling drawings of Club S &\; S (a coll aboration between artists Sibylle Peretti and Stephen Paul Day) in their my sterious Suicide Notes.

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Materials matter. Whether forged or cast\, stitched\, drawn\, welded or painted\, these artists repeatedly interact wi th their materials until they develop a keen understanding of how they beha ve. It is in that process that each finds their own means of expression and identity as an artist. 

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DTEND:20130331 DTSTAMP:20140922T110950 DTSTART:20130307 GEO:37.906251;-122.5486375 LOCATION:Seager Gray Gallery\,108 Throckmorton Avenue \nMill Valley\, CA 94 941 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Materials Matter\, Jody Alexander\, Joe Brubaker and Will Brubaker\ , Stephen Paul Day\, Veva Edelson\, Andrew Hayes\, Lisa Kokin\, Gyöngy Laky \, Emily Payne\, Sibylle Peretti\, Jacqueline Rush Lee\, Club S & S\, Richa rd Shaw\, Tim Tate\, Maya Whitner UID:264555 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130308T200000 DTSTAMP:20140922T110950 DTSTART:20130308T180000 GEO:37.906251;-122.5486375 LOCATION:Seager Gray Gallery\,108 Throckmorton Avenue \nMill Valley\, CA 94 941 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Materials Matter\, Jody Alexander\, Joe Brubaker and Will Brubaker\ , Stephen Paul Day\, Veva Edelson\, Andrew Hayes\, Lisa Kokin\, Gyöngy Laky \, Emily Payne\, Sibylle Peretti\, Jacqueline Rush Lee\, Club S & S\, Richa rd Shaw\, Tim Tate\, Maya Whitner UID:264556 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR