The linguistic sign unites, not a thing and a name, but a concept and a sound-image. The latter is not the material sound, a purely physical thing, but the psychological impression that it makes on our senses. -Ferdinand de Saussure
How do sounds become mental images? How does an object become a signifier?
Field Projects is pleased to present SOUND AND VISION: Courtney Puckett + Jessica Slaven curated by Rachel Frank in a two-person show exploring the relationship between sound, signifiers, image, and object.
In Jessica Slaven’s works, a sense of sound—a hum, a vowel vibration, the uncombined notes of a vocalization, or an internal potential language—is implied. Layering, sometimes even with the physical act of cutting, shifting, and weaving of physical colored patterns, acts like differential notes of an unknown personal language. Her technique implies a movement of unfolding or projecting, as if these forms were in the act of becoming. Meditative patterning elides the maker or person through form and color, creating an imprint on the senses.
In the sculptural works of Courtney Puckett, cast-off parts of familiar mass-produced objects without authorship¬—a clothes drying rack, a fan cover, or a roll of gift box ribbon—emerge from anonymity through the act of binding, wrapping and combining, sublating historically dismissed entities and practices to give voice to materiality. Installed on varying sized pedestals, these new configurations enter into conversation with each other and the viewer, luring and attracting, disguising and disrupting, engaging in a play of play of signifiers that reveals a community of things, rescued from the oblivion of memory, whose voices become audible through figure and gesture.
Courtney Puckett lives and works in Brooklyn and Holmes, NY. She holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, an MFA from CUNY Hunter College, and studied at the Center for Art and Culture in Aix-en-Provence, France, Glasgow School of Art, and University of New Mexico. Puckett was an Artist-in-Residence in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Program 2016-17, a Full Fellowship recipient at the Vermont Studio Center in 2017, and an artist-in-resident at Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in Woodstock, NY in 2010. Group exhibitions include The Shirley Fiterman Art Center, The Arts Gallery at Westchester County Community College, BRICArts, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Wallspace, Noyes Museum of Art, CUAC Utah, Seton Hall University, Long Island University, and Jamaica Center for Art. In 2016, she collaborated with Neville Dance Studio to create a new choreography piece for Norte Maar with The Brooklyn Ballet’s CounterPointe Performance Series and curated “Drawing for Sculpture” a 40 person exhibition of drawings at TSA, New York. Puckett is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts project grant and was featured on ArtFCity, Hyperallergic, Painting is Dead, Tribeca Tribune, and NYTimes art blog. She is currently an Adjunct Instructor at Suffolk County Community College, Westchester Community College, and Parsons School of Design.
Jessica Slaven works in Mount Vernon, NY and Sharon, CT. Recently, her work has been exhibited at Gallery 263 in Cambridge, MA, Tiger Strikes Asteroid New York, and the Arthur Ross Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. She holds an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has been in residence at Yaddo and Skowhegan. Jessica co-owns and operates the recording studio Oktaven Audio in Mount Vernon.