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Boudica was queen of the British Iceni tribe, a Celtic tribe, who led an uprising against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire.
Morgan Herrin creates works that refer to classical sculpture, often a heroine which has endured some hardship, whether that's death by arrows, or the simple aging, evolving beauty of a lost statuette. Herrin uses as his primary medium, standardized dimensional lumber-planed wood (2x4's) or in this case, found, aged lumber from a 100 plus year old building in Richmond, Virginia. Using recycled lumber in his latest two works, Herrin achieves a rougher, weathered appearance and the qualities of a grittier realism, aligning perfectly with his current subject matter.
Herrin is an artist with an extensive background in wood crafting and carpentry that unites a deep understanding and appreciation of the properties and materiality of wood with a fascination for the human form. His works have utilized wood to mimic materials ranging from the hard surfaces of iron, copper, and bronze, to the more delicate and fragile organic shapes found in nature, from plant and moss forms to bone and skin.
Herrin earned a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002 and an MFA in Sculpture in 2005 from Ohio State University in Columbus OH. His work has been exhibited widely in solo and group shows in the United States, as well as art fairs with ADA Gallery in Miami and New York City. Herrin lives and works in Richmond, VA, and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University.
The Dictionary from the Royal Galician Academy once defined saudade as the "feeling and mood caused by the longing for something absent that is being missed. This can take different aspects, from concrete realities to the mysterious and transcendent." But are those who don’t remember the past condemned to repeat it? In Humor Me, opening on October 3rd at Mulherin-Pollard Projects, Bruce Wilhelm contends with the notion that repeating the past is not as onerous as it may seem. “I cringe whenever I think of the past, no matter how positive the recalled event could be. [Though by] Looking at my earlier work and the attempts to match imagery with values and find processes to keep up, it seems clear the heart of the game is the interaction between the three. I see imagery and processes changing values as much as I see any other combination; new values change process, and imagery has to change, and so on. I cringe at that wishy-washy shapeshifter. This isn’t a game Bruce, pick something and stick with it, employ yourself. Of course there are problems, what is at stake in the art world is humorous, it is a game here, and I will act accordingly. Furthermore, there are no boundaries between my studio practice, my job as a floor painter, the gallery, the bar, etc. The stakes are real, there is no game, what I choose to stand behind has consequences. I must employ myself to a good cause. Thinking is undervalued while actions so often seem underthought. Until I find myself in a world which has made up the difference I will encourage people to think more. I’ll continue looking for interesting questions by definitely not playing games here, there or anywhere. What better way to start than rewriting the past, setting up the possibility for what was missed to appear and then be replaced.”
Humor Me builds a conversation between a diverse range of available things; turning the idea of pastiche inwards, combining tropes and material from prior bodies of work. The resulting bricolage is produced via Wilhem’s ability to self-edit his past without cringing too much.
Wilhelm received his Master of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design in 2012. Prior to that he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2004, and is a co-founder of Grizzly-Grizzly Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. He is currently based in Richmond, VA. This is Wilhelm’s third solo show with Mulherin-Pollard.
About Mulherin-Pollard: In 2010, John Pollard of ADA Gallery in Richmond, Virginia joined forces with Katharine Mulherin of Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects in Toronto to open our sister gallery, Mulherin & Pollard, as a space presenting new curatorial projects and exhibitions to an expanded audience. The gallery’s first space was located in Manhattan’s Chelsea district. In May 2011, the gallery moved to its present location in the Lower East Side.
ADA GALLERY & IT'S SISTER SPACE IN NYC, MULHERIN + POLLARD, PRESENTED A ONE NIGHT, TWO DAY SHOW CELEBRATING THE ART OF SARAH BEDNAREK. WE THREW A HOT DOG FEAST THAT WOULD MAKE FOURTH OF JULY PROUD. THIS WAS ALSO A CLOSING PARTY FOR OUR TWO SHOWS, ERIC ERNEST JOHNSON'S "A FUTURE MOMENT HERE" AND KIRSTEN KINDLER'S "ARGYLE". WE HAD A GREAT TIME! THANKS FOR ALL THOSE THAT CAME OUT TO ENJOY THE EXHIBITS & THE DOGS!
Los Angeles artist & angel, Eric Ernest Johnson & Kirsten Kindler were very nice to let me rehang their work in the front space together to accommodate the one night show & part for Sarah. Their work looked GREAT together!
We also exhibited quite of few of Sarah's wonderful pencil drawings
man, i love this one
these four guys wandered in with a bag of food that i assumed was for the BBQ.. so i started to pull out their limes as I thanked them for their generosity! I quickly noticed my error as they seemed a bit shocked.. they had fun and stayed for over two hours!
Daniel Davidson & Jerstin Crosby get their bromance on
I told you we had hot dogs!!
Talia & Irena are the big reason this whole thing happened.