Family + Semi-Precious

Dates:
18 February - 30 April, 2021
Location


Enhanced Health & Safety Measures 

FAMILY + SEMI-PRECIOUS is an exhibition marking an important convergence of the artists represented by METHOD & CONCEPT, encompassing work developed in recent years, as well as in direct response to their experiences of 2020. Distinguished masters of their medium — Matthew ShlianDebra SmithBrett HarveyShizue ImaiJamie HarrisDylan Martinez, Carmelo BlandinoChad Jensen, among others — will showcase their unique perspectives in contemporary art.

Family + Semi-Precious is an exhibition theme that emerged during the height of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. As quarantine removed many artists from their studios and forced many into isolation, it became clear to METHOD & CONCEPT that it had a duty to support its artists and provide a platform for the cultural exchange of ideas related to their shared experience. Family represents an unwitting kinship of creatives, innovators, and content producers that, in place of their physical absence, is replaced with the tangible presence of their work. The resulting dialogue and emotional reverberation is palpable, and thus becomes intertwined with the viewer’s own experience. Family + Semi-Precious seeks to create a common bond and cultural bridge to our shared universal existence.

Presented in METHOD & CONCEPT’s new gallery location, the works will be installed in curated vignettes to signify notions of connection and relatedness as a human family. A kinship between the artists’ work expresses significant contrasts, as well as harmonious similarities, highlighting visual art’s expression as a nonverbal means of communicating in this time of unprecedented uncertainty, isolation, gratitude and recalibration.

For example, during the early days of the global pandemic, METHOD & CONCEPT’s Creative Director and Managing Partner Chad Jensen found himself isolated with only the tools and materials available in his studio. “I returned to my mold-making roots to explore the immediacy and transformative potential of plaster as a fine art medium,” he said. “I believe it embodies a tension between beauty, fragility, industry and architecture.” His work, alongside METHOD & CONCEPT’s roster of artists, reflects the most uncertain times of our generation — and the emotions, anger and fear that come with it.

Exhibition is Free and Open to the Public

A message to our valued community~

Visitors will be offered complimentary face coverings as they enter the gallery as they are required by local mandate.  For enhanced health and safety measures for COVID-19, increased sanitizing and social distancing measures are observed.
The gallery offers ample indoor and outdoor space for viewing.  There is an inherent risk of exposure in any place where people are present and by voluntarily attending, visitors assume all risks.

* Method & Concept welcomes the prescheduling of private viewings for small groups by emailing info@methodandconcept.com or by phone 239.529.2633

Featured works

Glass Block Reflection

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Glass Block Reflection

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Glass Block Reflection

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Sarah Baker

Art & Design Coordinator

Sarah Baker is inspired by artist studio practices and as the Art and Design Coordinator at METHOD & CONCEPT she is dedicated to supporting the creative process. A graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University, Fine Art program, Sarah is active in the SWFL art & design culture and is an artist in her own right.Integrating her skillset at a maker with expertise and knowledge of fibers and textiles, Sarah collaborates with METHOD & CONCEPT teams to provide an informed experience for art collectors and interior design clients.

Yose Alonso

Associate Interior Designer

Yoselin Alonso is an Interior Designer who focuses on functional design and believes in constructing exclusive spaces that evoke emotion. Incorporating the unique diversity of each client, her design details are profound, ensuring one-of-a-kind personalized spaces. A graduate of University of Florida’s College of Design, Alonso harnesses conceptual and practical skills that bring spaces to life from planning and construction through to the finest of details. Having grown up around construction and design, Alonso is eager to make her mark in the design world as a part of the METHOD & CONCEPT team.

Amy Jensen

Gallery Manager

At METHOD & CONCEPT, Amy is a champion for artists and coordinates season exhibitions and special events as well as outreach and community projects working closely with artists, collectors and community partners. Drawing from an arts education and two decades of experience working in the arts and for non-profit institutions, Amy actively advocates for arts & culture and enhanced quality of life through her work as Gallery Manager for METHOD & CONCEPT and in the local community.

Chad Jensen

Creative Director & Managing Partner

Chad Jensen is an artist, furniture maker, designer, and the Founding Director of METHOD & CONCEPT. Jensen is a true advocate for the arts, his work and the gallery’s programming both demonstrate the symbiotic relationship between contemporary craft, fine art and design.

In 2013, Jensen launched METHOD & CONCEPT as a division of Thomas Riley Companies, to represent international emerging, mid-career and established artists and designers. Jensen has exhibited numerous artists including Matthew Shlian, Peter Zimmermann, Tadao Cern, Kim Keever and Arik Levy.

In addition to his work at METHOD & CONCEPT, Jensen is an active leader in Naples’ cultural landscape, placing monumental public art at The Collective and Sugden-Gomez building at Baker Park. He is the Founding Director and serves on the Executive Board of the Naples Design District and the United Arts Council of Collier County, where he served as president for two terms. Jensen also serves on the Advisory Board of Digital Media Design at Florida Gulf Coast University, where he is a frequent guest speaker, gallery juror and student mentor.

As an artist, he has exhibited at The Baker Museum in Naples, FL; Rudolf Budja Gallery, Miami; as well as Guinevere, London. He has participated in international art fairs such as the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York, NY and the Shanghai Art Fair, China. In 2014, Jensen designed a limited-edition furniture collection that was presented during New York Design Week. Interior Design, Art Basel Guide and Casa da Abitare have featured his work.