Shulamit Nazarian is pleased to announce, "Set in Stone", a two-person exhibition by New York-based artist Theodore Boyer and San Francisco-based artist Jake Ziemann. Through their respective mediums, Boyer and Ziemann similarly address states of perception and physical embodiment using industrial materials and non-mechanical processes. "Set in Stone" pairs Boyer’s recent series of paintings, "JPL", alongside Ziemann’s ongoing series of sculptures, "hold your ground".
Theodore Boyer creates tactile works that are a topographical representation of various terrains informed by images captured by orbiting satellites. Grounded in the materiality of concrete, sanded grout, and pigment, Boyer’s paintings reference the physical richness of planetary surfaces, while simultaneously revealing both macro and micro views of the landscape.
Specific to Boyer’s chosen medium are his early years spent working demolition in Southern California. Utilizing familiar industrial materials allows the artist to approach his works from a place of intimacy. Within each piece, Boyer carefully maps specific paths with bright neon strokes and swaths of purple pigment. Charting both his own explorations within the landscape as well as those of robotic rovers and orbiting satellites, these marks serve as metaphors for both the artist’s physical movements within a particular place and that of satellites traveling in space.
Boyer’s latest body of work, "JPL", is inspired by the acronym for NASA’s research and development center, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, California. As the leading center in the United States for robotic explorations of the solar system, the "JPL" serves as a nuanced entry point into the representational qualities of Boyer’s paintings. Referencing the widespread use of mapping technologies, Boyer’s works evoke both modern scientific practices and site-specific techniques employed by the Land Artists of the 1970s.
Equally indebted to representing abstract notions of perception and reality, Jake Ziemann’s work explores personal states of being through bodily shapes that conjoin ceramic sculpture with utilitarian support. Ziemann’s ceramic forms fold over, slump, and lean, physically depending on their solid structural bases, which are constructed of everyday industrial materials such as bricks, wooden slats, painted cardboard, and gypsum panels. Using materials that are suggestive of the artist's studio, and correlated with construction, these works are formally rooted in the process of building, while serving as a metaphor for the labor it takes to develop relationships with the world around us.
Simultaneously melancholic and comedic in their sense of awkwardness, Ziemann refers to sculptures as, “alluding to a sense of longing for permanence and structure, weighted down by the exhaustions and imperfections inherent in all human interactions.” Each of Ziemann’s sculptures mirror the subject matter of a pop song lyric that is referenced in its title. The objects reflect the universality of personal matters that are often too difficult to discuss and share directly.
Theodore Boyer (b. 1983, Seal Beach) completed his BFA in 2012 at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Boyer’s work was recently the subject of group exhibitions at Happy Ending, Dallas (2015); _Gallery, Venice Beach (2014); Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton (2012); The Hole Gallery, New York (2012); Fireproof Gallery, New York (2012); Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton (2012); and "Draw", Museo de Cuidad Mexico, Mexico City (2010). Boyer practiced as an exchange resident at the ZhDK in Zurich in 2011 and will be doing a Carpe Diem residency in Karela, India in May of 2016. Boyer lives and works in Los Angeles and New York.
Jake Ziemann (b. 1986, Des Moines) completed his MFA in 2012 at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and his BFA in 2008 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Ziemann’s work has recently been showcased in a solo exhibition at SOME.TIME.SALON, San Francisco (2015) and has been featured in group exhibitions throughout the United States including "Sexxxitecture", CULT Aimee Friberg Exhibitions, San Francisco (2015); "