"None of it was real; nothing was real.
Everything was real; inconceivably real, infinitely dear.
These and all things started as nothing, latent within a vast energy-broth, but then we
named them, and loved them, and in this way, brought them forth.
And now must lose them.
I send this out to you, dear friends, before I go, in this instantaneous thought-burst,
from a place where time slows and then stops and we may live forever in a single instant.
Goodbye, goodbye good-"
“Roger Bevins III” in Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders.
Unisex Salon is pleased to present Before you name it, an exhibition of new works by Clare Torina and Andy Wilhelm.
Clare Torina is an multi-disciplinary artist living and working in New York. In 2012, she received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was a resident at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Last year, she received the educational fellowship at Wassaic Artist Residency. Her work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions in and around New York, Chicago, and Memphis. Taking varied approaches to representational painting and sculpture, Clare pulls imagery from a personal set of fascinations – her dog, objects of worship, superstition, physical comedy, do-it-yourself, and mass production. Torina riffs on the subjects’ innate properties using scale shifts and sabotaged illusions. This broad range of interests succumbs to her touch and whimsy as she takes cracks at historical and contemporary hierarchies of truth, value and beauty.
Andy Wilhelm lives and works in New York. He received an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BFA from Kutztown University. He attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and was an artist-in-residence at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art. Andy works with a variety of materials including modified plasters, wood, and cast bronze. These materials take their final form through different techniques such as carving, turning, mold-making, casting, casting over forms, and the attachment of found pieces. His works allude to a fascination with the intangible characteristics of the universe such as time, gravity, the construction of matter, and entropy. The abstract forms waver between the archaic and the refined. He believes in the thermal time hypothesis.
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