IT ALL ENDS | JARED CLARK & MICHAEL KELLY | OPENING JULY 15, 7-10pm
Control Room is very excited to present new work by Jared Clark and Michael Kelly.
These artists are collectors and consumers. They are epic consumers. Prosumers. But the cultural divide between consumer and creator has eroded, upon which their process of editing, chewing, tinkering and reproducing collide with painterly backgrounds to produce an unstable experience of objects whose lives are without beginning or end. Clark utilizes the found object, and Kelly harnesses technology, each perhaps with the goal to discuss and return to the issues of painting. Painting remains the language around which Clark and Kelly discuss their work, despite both having moved into the realm of sculpture, video, installation, collection, digital imaging, and sometimes, paint. The work is smart without being austere, and like the show’s title, which hints at a very current and fleeting cultural reference, Clark and Kelly use references to pop-cultural imagery or the accessible materials of commodity culture, without being overt. Either strategically obscuring, or employing the obscure, their references activate imagined pasts or conceived futures by utilizing the familiar but perhaps forgotten. It’s difficult not to smile, in front of the playful, eerie, sometimes humorous, and certainly most vibrant installation Control Room has yet to present.
Jared Clark lives and works in Salt Lake City, UT. He received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA in 2007, and BFA at Brigham Young University, Provo, UT in 2002.
Michael Kelly lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, and is currently an MFA candidate at UCLA. He also received his BFA from Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, where he first met and conspired with Jared Clark.
Both artists have been the recipients of numerous awards and residencies, which can be found along with exhibition histories on their websites:
OPENING JULY 15, 7-10pm
Open on Sundays 11-5 and by appointment through August 7th.