January 9 – February 21, 2015
GUSFORD | los angeles is pleased to present the first Los Angeles solo exhibition by Seattle-based collective SuttonBeresCuller. Working in a collaborative manner, John Sutton, Ben Beres and Zac Culler create sculpture, site-specific installations and public art environments that aim to provoke and engage, encouraging the viewer to really question the reality of what they are seeing. For Chasing that Neon Rainbow, the trio has created a new body of sculptural works focusing on bronze representations of classic neon signs commonly found in shops, bars and restaurants.
Imbued with SuttonBeresCuller’s signature humor and sense of the absurd, commercial signs advertising the presence of products and services are cast in bronze. Reading such things as Hot Dogs, Tattoo, Drive Thru and Wi Fi, these works represent an aged era whose epicenter originated in Los Angeles the birthplace of neon lighting in America. Originally associated with advertising, neon is now commonly used in contemporary artistic practices. In these works, the artists have playfully juxtaposed the classical history of bronze with the modern history of neon, with the results challenging the audience to question both function and content.
Here, SuttonBeresCuller have created a series of hanging sculptures that repurpose iconic images, transforming beacons of consumerism into empty signifiers that evoke a sense of nostalgia. In Chasing that Neon Rainbow, the artists engage with the practices of advertising, sculpture and contemporary art, to create a body of work whose title asks the viewer to never give up searching.
September 5 – November 1, 2014
Opening reception Friday September 5th, 6 – 8 pm
SuttonBeresCuller work Midas-like to transform everyday objects and experience with a trademark joie de vivre not unlike that of Duchamp. However, their appropriation of the everyday is an inversion of the slapstick readymade. Months are spent to transform the replica of the cheap, mass-produced thing into an object of value and desire. Objects such as a toilet plunger, hammer, and squirt bottle of cleaning liquid are each cast in bronze. A bronze disco ball is painstakingly hand-polished to a high shine. Greg Kucera Gallery is pleased to announce our second exhibition of work by Seattle artists SuttonBeresCuller. Working collaboratively with a unified vision since 2000, John Sutton, Ben Beres, and Zac Culler have explored an great variety of media in an effort to bring art experiences to their sometimes unsuspecting audience. Site-specific installations, portable public art environments, performance, photography and sculpture have all played a part in their highly conceptual work designed to engage and invite participation from viewers.
There’s disconcerting madness in the logic of such practice, both for the artist laborers and art consumers. The artists’ time and labor goes into glorification of the disposable object and transforming it into something permanent, forcing a new and different relationship with the mundane.
Experience Toronto transformed by contemporary art projects created by hundreds of artists.
The vast bright and colourful structures of a festival or circus are surrounded by dazzling sounds, sights and smells. Ubiquitous concession stands and mobile exhibits make up much of the landscape. Vying for attention amongst the crowds, these transitory structures rely on brilliant lighting, color and height to stand out.
In response to transitory environments common to fairs, festivals and circuses, SuttonBeresCuller have created a large migratory outdoor sculpture. This monument comments upon the aesthetics of its environment. Atop a 16′ flatbed trailer, four unique structures neatly nested within each other telescope skyward, extending into a baroque sculpture. Adorned with flashing lights, vibrant flags and reflective surfaces, this flamboyant homage has turned the concession stand into pure sculptural form.
The events and exhibitions at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche celebrate the passions and talents of the community, arts, culture, indulgence, tradition and innovation. Let this piece be a shrine to those collective moments.