FAMILY + SEMI-PRECIOUS
February 18, 2021 – April 30, 2021
February 18 – April 30, 2021
Thursday February 18th, 2021, 5:30 – 8:00pm
Family is a mixed-media exhibition featuring a select roster of gallery artists and designers, “family”.
In our inaugural season at The Collective, its important that we recognize and honor the talented artists who have contributed to our success by bringing the family together in a large group exhibition. Afterall, our artists are at the heart of everything we do.
Featuring the work of Matthew Shlian, Debra Smith, Dylan Martinez, Carmelo Blandino, and more.
Semi-Precious is a new body of work from METHOD & CONCEPT’s Creative Director, Chad Jensen, that emerged during the COVID quarantine period, beginning March 2020.
With only the tools and materials available to him in his studio, Jensen went back to his roots in mold making to explore the immediacy and transformative potential of plaster as a fine art medium; a material that Jensen finds embodies a tension between beauty, fragility, industry, and architecture.
The precious, or semi-precious, nature of it.
As a mixed-media artist/designer, this narrative on materiality and process is a recurring theme in Jensen’s work, he often explores the duality inherent in both the material itself and in our perceptions of it.
Responding further to the global pandemic and quarantine, Jensen remained isolated to his immediate surroundings and began to integrate found objects and fire. In this exploration, Jensen discovered a similar language to plaster in the discarded wooden pallets of his north Naples industrial complex; objects which lent not only physical material beauty but contextual framework about the consumption and commodification of contemporary art and our natural resources. The palettes also come well-traveled, like an old suitcase one might find in a thrift shop, with an unknown past or place of origin.
For Jensen, the combination of materials, process, and found object begin to reflect our human condition and the commodification of our modern existence. From controlled chaos to deliberate intent, Semi-Precious takes us on one artist’s personal journey through the most uncertain of times known to our generation… and the emotions, anger, and fear that come with it.