Jonathan Schipper


March 28 - May 9, 2015

For Schipper's project at FWCA, he is presenting a series of new sculptures and a video that provides us with a psychological experience akin his Slow Inevitable Death of American Muscle (2008)in which Schipper is primarily “interested in making objects that, like a roller coaster, are beautiful and interesting through media but need to be experienced to be truly understood.” (Jonathan Schipper, 2008) Such objects are pregnant with potential energy, and our experience in anticipation of that energy’s release is just as much part of the ride. Throughout the duration of the FWCA exhibition, a series of events occur within the sculptures which encourage a reflection of the degree of control we maintain, or lack, within our environment and culture, and allow us to confront powerful forces in intimate ways.

The process of destruction as an inherent part of creation is a primary interest in Schipper’s work. Detritus (2014) and To Dust (2011) are two works in which destruction is continuously taking place, and where time is sped up to allow us to observe a deterioration that naturally takes place over eons. For Detritus, viewers watch a 3D printer continuously build tiny structures out of salt, which rapidly disintegrate in an environment where humidity is being produced by a hot tub occupying the same gallery space. The constant building and rebuilding of structures by the machine creates a sort of mini-apocalypse over a compacted period of time. To Dust is a beautiful work comparing erosion to time’s entropic effects on the body. Two life-sized classical sculptural forms of cast concrete are suspended by chains, upside down, and touching each other face to face. Their imperceptible movements by gravity and natural forces in the environment cause the two bodies to slowly erode into each other, creating a ever-growing pile of concrete dust on the floor beneath them.

Jonathan Schipper is currently included in the group exhibition Moving Still Still Moving at Art Mûr in Montreal, and was recently included in State of the Art at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. He has exhibited internationally in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, UAE, and Cuba, among other countries. He is represented by Pierogi in Brooklyn, NY.