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Opening night of Lacuna: Life through Death

Last night was the first time Nick missed an opening but we had our trusty new intern Ashanti to help out and take photos, which was fantastic after a long day. (Nick had just wrapped a product shoot for It's American Press, this incredible new product which is going to launch a crowdfunding campaign this fall). 

Our September show, Lacuna: Life through Death is a series of mixed media, wood, metal and found object pieces by Jessica Tenbusch. Her creative identity is succinct and masterful, with pieces that seem to grow from nature themselves.

We had a really great turn out and the artist's talk gave viewers (and myself) a better understanding of how she views death as not necessarily the end of a cycle, but a resource for other living things in nature. 

As she puts it, "Lacuna is an unknown or unfilled space or interval. The distance between life and death is immeasurable, a lacuna, because they exists simultaneously as a whole. Life and death are placed into a false binary in our culture. In reality they move fluidly between one another and their surfaces come into contact and intersect at all points of space and time. People are taught to shy away from death and to think of it as “unnatural”. It is a way we culturally divide ourselves from other non-human animal species. For life to exist, death must happen. "

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If you'd like to see the show or request a price list, send us an email to make an appointment. The show is up through September 30th and is an absolute must-see. 

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In the Studio with Jessica Tenbusch

Last week I got to visit our September artist, Jessica Tenbusch in the studio while she prepped some of her luxurious objects for our show. I first discovered her work during a post for DIYpsi and was taken with how beautifully organic her pieces are, as if they sprung from nature themselves. 

Much of her work is derived from animal parts but she only uses objects that have been found deceased or gifted by friends and family. Jessica is a master of melding materials and creating surfaces that are at once awe-inspiring and slightly macabre. In her "menagerie" that day, I got to see skulls of deer, coyote, raccoon, possum, a few teeth, casts of cicadas, and other various insects. 

I was in awe of the myriad of hammers and supplies in general that Jessica uses for her metal, plaster, woodworking practices. She is truly a jack of all trades. 

 Measuring her wood slabs to be cut in the wood shop.

Measuring her wood slabs to be cut in the wood shop.

 A frog suspended in layers of resin and encased in metal. To the right, a fitted wooden palette which will house the piece.

A frog suspended in layers of resin and encased in metal. To the right, a fitted wooden palette which will house the piece.

  From conceiving the idea on paper to creating the real thing, this piece   includes such materials as   resin, wood, cicadas, cast bronze and various metals  .

From conceiving the idea on paper to creating the real thing, this piece includes such materials as resin, wood, cicadas, cast bronze and various metals.

Check out Jessica's intricate jewelry for purchase at her Etsy store, equilibria. And save the date September 4th, 2015 for her opening party with her exhibit running the entirety of the month, September 1-30, 2015.  We can't wait to unveil the exceptional craftsmanship and splendor of her work. More to come!

 

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