The Icebox Project Space is pleased to present Hot
Box, on view July 30th and 31st at 1400 N. American St. This group
exhibition is the culmination of a seven week conceptual and material
exploration by the artists of the Tyler School of Art Summer Painting and
Sculpture Intensive 2014, a post-graduate summer residency.
Eighteen artists from across the country come together in Hot
to engage in a dialogue of aesthetic osmosis. Through reexamining and
deconstructing our relationship to materiality, the work represented breaks
with traditional notions of medium specificity in favor of a fluid interplay
between painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, installation, and performance.
Nick Mayer and Katie Rauth confront
gender issues and conventions, with Rauth interested in creating a dialogue
between women regarding issues in their daily lives. Sarah
McCarty explores the bodily experience of language in questioning
physical mass, density, and endurance, while Nicole Cherry cites the
body through the use of abstraction, color, and build-up of surface texture. Lisa Patusky creates
freestanding sculpture emphasizing form and medium while suggesting gestural
movement. Bianca Schreiber uses found materials, news media, collage,
sculpture, and paint to explore the dark-side of Americana and her
post-Apocalyptic vision of a potential future. Kamaria
Shepherd combines fabric, paint, wood, and flower motifs in her
multi-layered installations and paintings dealing with self-identity. Lydia Smith
repurposes objects of mundaneity to create work drawing from the geography of
The fluid abstractions of Zoe Sasson highlight
the juiciness of paint, which Natalie Flor Negron likewise
evokes through the buildup of glossy, transparent layers into airy atmospheres.
Lyons’ paintings focus on the spirituality of nature through levels of
consciousness by studies of color theory.
Rachel Cohen’s work is an intuitive and meditative
process using paint, found objects and her physical body.
Benjamin Durst questions the traditional boundaries of
painting, moving beyond canvas and into the three-dimensional realm. Chris Albert
is a painter living/working in Brooklyn, New York. Travis Frick’s movie
poster paintings are ads for horror movies that play with and question cliché
and authenticity. Within the realm of figuration, Jia Sung and Freda Epum portray
symbolic narrative through the interplay of abstraction and representation,
while Tracey Scaro focuses on the observational aspect of
portraying the figure.