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.