Garry Noland : My studio practice is multi-disciplinary and has included large drawing, installation, object based sculpture, performance and mixed-media painting.
The one constant is an open-ness to “rough patches”, glitches or mistakes. The presence of an edge or a boundary between mistakes establishes lines and immediate contextual relationships. Those relationships mime our interactions with art and with each other.
What goes with what? What happens on either side of the line? What’s good and who decides? Sometimes I am the boss of the material but just as often the material, by virtue of a chance arrangement, for example, will tell me what needs to be done.
These particular works are made of found and reclaimed materials from alleys, side streets and urban dumps. The base materials (pipe, cable spools, foam) are combined with new materials (bubble wrap, marbles, paint, tape). The resulting combination sets up the inevitable dialogue between the new/old : purposeful intent/accident : play/toil.
I am at ease with the natural marks and debris left in the foam, for example, in Failed Monuments. The opposing sheen and luxurious suggestions of the gold tape against the foam examines just those combinations of new and old, planned and not.
” Art is what other people do. Art is a simile for athletic excellence, scientific discovery and / or exploration on a micro, personal level or interstellar space. Art jolts us out of the daze we notice in our household dog who “perks up” when a leaf blows across the yard. It’s not unlike happening upon a Francois Morellet motorized string sculpture or walking around the corner and encountering a roomful of Nick Cave’s Sound Suits. These moments lift us, even if momentarily, up and out of what can be complacency. “
Photographs and text courtesy of the artist.