Fission Fusion is collaborative show by Tanner Bowman and Brendan Luchik, examining the push and pull between two individual artists working with collage and painting using experimental processes. The work began at a time of transition, as Luchik was in the middle of moving to New York City. The artists questioned how they could salvage remnants of Luchik's studio space, which may have otherwise been discarded, and use the collected scrap materials in an attempt to capture the essence and grit of a domestic studio space which would no longer exist. During the construction of the work the artists used their time to to reflect upon philosophy, psychology, poetry, landscape, and the connections between their creative outputs. These personal conversations, ranging in topics from Jungian Psychology and William Blake’s “Proverbs of Hell”, to Sedona sunsets and gridded city living, directed the subject matter and processes used in constructing the images and assemblage. Also on display are Bowman and Luchik’s individual work which is meant to distinguish the visual conversation between the two artist's work and style.
Tanner Bowman is an artist, designer, and teacher working out of a home/studio in Chicago, IL. Bowman works with traditional crafting techniques and materials using experimental process to make functional pieces of art. His products are influenced heavily by the domestic spaces he inhabits and often answer to a personal need or desire in his life. Bowman’s work focuses on hybridizing the fundamentals of art, design, and craft into queer and affirming objects. His work questions the normative standards relating to how we orient our bodies to the spaces and objects we inhabit and use.
Brendan Luchik makes nature-based abstract work that reflects his love for the visual world and image construction. He seeks not only to create the feeling of space pictorially but to translate the emotional quality of it as well to the viewer. Luchik views wherever he goes as home. The internal connection to landscape or a motif carried to new places don't exist as a nostalgic thing for him. The images that stay with him mix with those of where he is in the present moment. He seeks to simultaneously draw from these images and respond to his current urban studio environment.
Artist talk – Sunday, April 8, 1pm
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