POINT AT THE THING THAT'S FURTHEST AWAY
23 November 2013 – 1 February2014
Joel Kyack's particular humor is the consistent material in 'Point at The Thing That’s Furthest Away'. This show expands Kyack’s project-driven, bricolage practice into seven new paintings and one fountain.
'I moved into my present studio a year ago, one block from two large thrift stores in a primarily industrial neighborhood of Los Angeles, a thin sliver of land nestled between a river and a railroad and a highway. These stores (and the streets
surrounding them) become regional way stations and dumping grounds for unwanted things deemed too much of a pain-in-the-ass or worthless to sell. I began a daily ritual of wandering these stores, monitoring their inventories forobjects of interest as potential inclusions in future work.
Learning the rythms of the stores’ particular stocks, I was drawn to their collections of framed images. Frequently rotating, these images range wildly, from original drawings to posters, from awards to memorabilia, from studio portraits to framed advertisements. These framed images began to find their ways onto canvases, re-contextualized within paintings that aimed at humorous, energetic, gestural efficiency and play between the painted canvas and the framedimage.
I’m interested in the frame changing the importance of that which it frames, allowing an individual to express or underscore an interest or value by formally re-presenting it. The frame signifies that it is finished and of certain quality, ready for the world-at-large to potentially consume. It locks it down. The paintings free the images from this stasis by using them as raw material in a larger context. This situates the process of making, referencing, and borrowing at center stage. It shines a bright, unashamed light on it. It opens up a conversation about the root of inspiration and interpretation.’
– Joel Kyack