Sublime Banality

1/18/19 - 2/28/19
Madison Donnelly, Colin Kippen, Todd Schroeder, Rachael Tarravechia

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Here/There presents Sublime Banality, an exhibition which imagines a reactivation of everyday objects to allow for a new understanding of our ontological plane.  Banal objects are reimagined as magical, eschatological, and post-teleological talismans that are able to point towards a new way of interacting with already existing systems.

In the gloomy political/social climate of the current moment, it tends to feel as if the best way forward is to throw away the systems and structures that don’t serve us well.  However, combined with a perspective on the global climate issue, it seems like a valuable investigation to gain a new understanding of the objects that we already live with.  As a form of ontological-recycling, the work in this exhibition points towards ways in which everyday objects can be re-imbued with new meanings, allowing for the objects and products that we already interact with on a daily basis to serve new purposes and functions; ultimately showing that the world has been filled with magic and meaning all along, if only we can be given a new contextual light within which to see our surroundings.

Madison Donnelly's work investigates the frameworks through which individuals, groups and disciplines perceive, respond to and categorize objects.  Viewers recognize her sculptures as uncanny but familiar and expect them to function in a specific way.  However, the sculptures withhold the function that their forms suggest they might deliver. By asking her viewers to examine the discomfort that arises when her sculptures fail to achieve full resolution, she prompts them to ask themselves “why is this so weird for me?” Donnelly graduated in 2018 from the University of Utah with a BFA in Sculpture Intermedia, and is currently an Artist in Residence at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art.  She lives and works in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Colin Kippen was born in San Francisco and grew up in rural Vermont. Kippen holds an MFA in Craft and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Metals from Oregon College of Art and Craft,  and a BA from Carleton College. The artist currently lives and works in Portland.

Todd Schroeder is an artist residing in Savannah, Georgia. He has a B.F.A. in painting from Ohio University and a M.F.A. in painting and sculpture from Kent State. Prior to moving to Savannah, Todd taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Oberlin College. For eleven years, he lived in New York City, where he worked at the Dia Art Foundation and as Brice Marden’s assistant. His studio practice focuses primarily on painting and drawing with occasional excursions into multiples, collaborations, and sculpture. Schroeder’s work has been shown internationally in several one- and two-person exhibitions, including solo shows at White Columns in New York, the Jepson Center - Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, William Busta Gallery in Cleveland, Savannah College of Art and Design’s Pinnacle Gallery, Kent State University, Gallery Stokes in Atlanta, and Laney Contemporary in Savannah. He has been in numerous group shows including Bridget Donahue Gallery, Exit Art, AC Project Room, and 407 Gallery, all in New York City, Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, Oberlin College’s Here Here Gallery, Savannah College of Art and Design’s Moot gallery in Hong Kong, as well as several venues in Serbia and Montenegro including: the Contemporary Art Center Montenegro in Podgorica, Montenegro, the National Gallery of Serbia in Belgrade, Serbia, and the Contemporary Art Museum of Vojvodina in Novi Sad, Serbia. Schroeder’s work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Time Out/ New York, ArtPulse Magazine, and The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Schroeder is currently working as a professor of painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Rachael Tarravechia received a B.F.A. in painting from The Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia, in the spring of 2018.  She has exhibited her work in exhibitions in Hong Kong, New York, France, and Georgia. Her work investigates the relationship between popular culture and media, repetition and patterns, and the investigation of the luxury goods and the expectations that go along with it.  Tarravechia is living and working in New York City.