Post-industrial Fetish

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Post-industrial Fetish

April 1 - May 28


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Hybrid artist talk: May 18, 7 pm

A post-industrial environment is one where the manufacturing and creation of objects has been replaced by professions that don’t rely on physical goods or their production to sustain itself, instead favoring the option to outsource the physical manufacturing altogether. The need for these goods however has not diminished. Machines that were once made locally or nationally are now being imported from places that still rely on production or have streamlined the process to a point of full automation. The quality of something “handmade” is ironically being championed as a rarity.

It’s this shift that has Artist, Sculptor, and Metalsmith Jeremy Waak’s attention. Metals such as copper, silver, and brass make up the arms, treads, and carapaces of his sculptures. Miniature in their size and inspired by machines more at home on a construction site or warehouse floor, they seemingly defy their potential absurdity and obsolescence due to their presentation as an object of Art. Expertly crafted and assembled, painted, and patinated they move from the realm of the mechanical and enter one of human emotion. Accompanied by artfully considered schematic-like drawings which detail their ideation, together they speak to the necessity and intricacies of physical creation. The “handmadeness” of what you see is on full display.

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Artist Statement: 

All humans desire happiness. To help achieve this, every culture has created objects to bring about things they want and defend against those they don’t. Fetishes are the physical manifestations of potent spirits used for magic, prayer, wishes, guidance or curses. But, fetish can also be a fixation, a distraction or a delusion.

The drawings start as tools to assist in the planning and execution of the sculptures: for measuring and cutting, shaping, and soldering. They are then pulled off the fabrication table, full of scars and blemishes from use, and transformed into art objects in themselves. For me this process of transformation is meditative, reflective, and introspective.

The fetishes in this series are for us now. They relate to our current cultural mindset, our image of who we were and who we are becoming. Some may find comfort and confidence in them and some may find fear and criticism. They are not answers or solutions but mirrors and questions.

About the artist:

Jeremy Waak was raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. At an early age, he began to pursue creative endeavors, such as drawing and painting, which have remained integral activities for him. Being the child of a mechanic, Waak was heavily influenced by cars, engines, and all things mechanical. Jeremy attended the Memphis College of Art as an undergraduate and majored in metalsmithing. He continued his education as a graduate student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Currently, Waak is actively exploring new work involving mechanisms mixed with natural subject matter from his studio in Lancaster PA


April 1
May 28
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curio. Gallery & Creative Supply
106 W Chestnut Street
Lancaster, PA 17603 United States
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