The process of wooding out
Heaven Gallery welcomes Matt Sauermilch for his first solo show.
Sauermilch moved to Chicago in 2003 to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He graduated in 2007 with a fellowship and has since worked as a wood worker on the south side of chicago. His work has been displayed at Heaven gallery, ARC Gallery, Around the Coyote, The Hills Gallery, and most recently at SO3 Gallery.
The Process of Wooding Out explores materials found in the wood shop industry, ideas of high and low with humor. Carving fast food items out of exotic and imported woods, cheap processed food is juxtaposed against finely hand crafted objects.
For example, a log cast out of wood glue and saw dust returns byproducts of the wood-working process back into its original form. Designer particle board, hand made out of pacific Koa wood, reproduces a product that is typically machine pressed out of scraps. This low quality
building material becomes transformed into a polished recreation. The love notes series jokes at loverly carvings. These ideas question the process of wood working and use of materials while creating art.
This show plays with wood in interesting ways, just like Black Flag did with jazz in their final LP.