workspace is pleased to present excess/access, a group exhibition curated by Tiffany Barber. This project examines the effects of rampant consumerism and glorified decadence. excess/access features new artwork by Peter Lofstrom, J. Damron, Jessica Ruvalcaba, Jeffrey James Mohr, and Edward Pine Stevens.
excess/access uses the modern phenomenon of mass production and reproduction as a point of departure for five artists working in disparate media and conceptual frameworks. Consumer excess and the global marketplace are ubiquitous, inextricable elements of Western life. It has become impossible for any of us to extricate ourselves from the rapidly increasing rate of human consumption, and the age old adage, “less is more,” no longer holds true in the collective unconscious of Americans.
The resulting critique presented by these five artists does not rely on the representation of abundant disposible products and images of “excess” per se, but rather presents a return to the handmade with the use of wood, pen and ink, straight-forward photography and primitive machines. Edward Pine Stevens’ presents subtle correlations between capitalist modes of reproduction and the camera obscura, while Peter Lofstrom’s intricate pen and ink drawings catalogue the characters enmeshed in this very system. In excess/access, each artist negotiates a relationship to consumerist urges and the value and availability of materials, labor, and other resources.