FrontierSpace Presents: Jake Weigel- Under The Mountains.
Under the Mountains continues my focus of a spatial awareness that explores and proffers information not easily grasped, destilling a moment of materiality. There is intentionally a lack of clear definition, achieved by a continuous play between the revelation and concealment of object and illusion, existence and essence. Everything is a synthesis of relationships, of one entity being defined not by itself alone, but by another entity and the space in between. To define one thing is to define another and that is a challenge of reality and why I focus on object making and installation practices with further interest in critical art theory, literature, philosophy, systems, mysticism and ecology. This synthesis, or new spatial awareness, between objective knowledge and personal narrative create visual poetry or koan, where matter and the ineffable meet, somewhere under mountains real and metaphorical.
Jake Weigel is Assistant Professor of Art, Sculpture at California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock, California. He is a multidisciplinary artist with a focus in object making and installation methods that combine with his research in art theory, labor and fine craft traditions, architecture, and space, particularly the abstract ideas in theoretical physics. His methodologies in the classroom and studio investigate the combination of analog and digital methods in observation of human condition.
Weigel has shown in over 75 group exhibitions across the United States including Atlanta, Dallas, Minneapolis, Nashville, San Francisco, and New York. He has served as chair of the Public Art Committee for the city of Odessa, Texas and on the steering committee for the National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art & Practices. In addition to his university teaching, Weigel has worked at Anderson Ranch Arts Center and regularly teaches summer workshops at The Ranch and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
Founded in 2010, FrontierSpace Missoula is operated by MFA candidates at the University of Montana, completely autonomously from the university. We are 100% self-funded, and our Annual Benefit Auction is our main source of funds each year. This year, due to the sales tax hike in Missoula, our rent has increased significantly, so we are extra appreciative of any donations you are able to send our way.
The exhibition Bad Skin is comprised of drawings, sculptures, paintings, and video works by artists Torey Akers, Ciara Newton, and Ana Hansa-Ogren. Our practices challenge the institutionalization of neoliberal identity praxis in art spaces by asking simple questions — why does the paradigmatic art "body" always seem to be cis, white, thin, and traumatized? What's with all the viscera and confessional wall text? Where's the queer shit? Whether devotional or irreverent, the pieces in Bad Skin shy away from tokenistic art lexis in favor of something weirder, wilder, and more relevant to the thorny desires and theoretical pitfalls of lived experience, however stupid, sloppy or shameful. The conversations between our practices are funny and affectual, strutting against the crass, stupid downbeat of a shared impulse towards the discursive sanguine. In navigating prescribed identity’s silliest moments, Bad Skin refuses procedural abjection as both a political and aesthetic modality. We’re weaponizing inanity in the softest ways possible.
More information coming soon…
Our upcoming March show will feature artist Ben Skiba with his show Adjacent Connections. Show opening is Friday March 2nd from 5 - 9 pm.
The intention of my current work is to create objects that support another object’s instabilities. Through paint, tape, cardboard, wood, and other materials I build supporting relationships for ceramic vessels. Bound quite often by tape, these sculptures shift delicately between one object holding the other, and a mutual embrace.
Ben Skiba was born and raised in a small Northern Wisconsin town bordering Minnesota. Intending to leave college with a degree in the sciences, he ended up spending countless nights sleeping on studio floors and receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Upon graduation he moved to Portland, OR to pursue the yearlong Emerging Artist Mentorship Program at Ash Street Project. Since completing the program he spends his time assisting around the studio at Ash Street Project, working with other artists, creating his own work and showing regularly.
“half notes and stutter steps.” (detail image)
Materials: Ceramic, Tape
About the Auction
On behalf of FrontierSpace, we are very excited to write to you about our Fourth Annual FrontierSpace Benefit Auction. The auction will be held Friday, October 6, from 5-9pm at FrontierSpace. This event is our major fundraiser for the gallery with all proceeds used to advance and continue the essential work FrontierSpace performs in the Missoula community.
Bidding will take place between 5pm and 8pm.
Come see some great work by University of Montana MFA Candidate Tyler Brumfield.