For our third “Looking Local” profile Sea Farm City is proud to present Patrick Gilbert’s Appaloosa Shipping Stool and The Center for Imaginative Cartography and Research’s Texas Flora.
Places, like artwork, are made by human hands. The subtle shifts that happen to a place over time are like variations in an art edition. The handcrafted and homegrown works of Patrick Gilbert and the Center for Imaginative Cartography and Research, embrace the nature of this transformation. Each have made and remade; time and time again. Through this devotion to making, they’ve developed a way to blend the invitational spirit of “doing-it-yourself” with an attention to detail that can stop you in your tracks. The resulting combination is irresistible to all of us who are also looking for a way to make their own place in the world.
Patrick Gilbert’s Appaloosa Shipping Stool is a compact plywood stool that was created specifically for the “Looking Local” exhibition. A sum of only 3 parts, the stool was ingeniously designed to dissemble and fit into a standard USPS “flat rate” shipping box. Once reassembled, the piece blurs the line between sculpture and functional object, and references the legacy of modular furniture, assembly kits, and Mail Art movement.
The Center for Imaginative Cartography and Research's Texas Flora is a series of 3 multi-color Risiograph prints titled: Natives, Edibles, and Invasives. Created collaboratively by Emily Halbardier and Erik Sultzer, the series documents the local flora of Houston where the couple are based. The prints operate simultaneously as a visual guide and a critique on rigid classification, and they examine the language surrounding inclusion/ exclusion, usefulness/ uselessness, and domestication/ wildness.
Visit Antenna Gallery by May 31st to experience Patrick Gilbert's Appaloosa Shipping Stool and The Center for Imaginative Cartography and Research's Texas Flora and Frontier Heritage Waste in person.
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