Sarah Bowling and Mario Zoots: Point of Friction
Curated by Mark Fitzsimmons
February 16 - March 31, 2018
- Opening Reception: Friday, February 16 at 6pm
Pictured above: Mario Zoots Substrate 1, Substrate 2 c. 2018, Sarah Bowling Swing Set (no swing or slide) c. 2017
DATELINE is pleased to present its fourth anniversary exhibition Sarah Bowling and Mario Zoots: Point of Friction, curated by Mark Fitzsimmons.
When two opposing ideas meet there can be violent tectonic shifts, glancing blows, compassionate words or a loving embrace. Friction can push a conversation; it has the power to destroy or create. In searching for these points, Zoots and Bowling search through a collection of amorous notions, mutually held, using separate experiences and perspectives. Point of Friction questions how we project our intimate desires onto our partners, strangers and friends. What does it mean to be in a loving relationship? Can art give us a handful of personal, sometimes diverging, answers to these questions?
Sarah Bowling’s work explores the constructs of desire: the expectations of sexuality and the junctures of intimacy and vulnerability within relationships and the self. Examining the dangers and pleasures of physical intimacy, Bowling creates provoking bodies to be leered at. Using her own body as the material foundation and an art object in itself, her work invites you in to be playfully scolded. Working with industrial materials such as concrete and wood, often embellished with the seductiveness of vinyl and chiffon, the question of binary gender roles is pushed to the fore. Materiality is as much a focal point as the bubbly facade of her work. When confronted with Bowling’s body of work the audience is urged to find the line, or point, between consent and compliance in visual communication.
Mario Zoots conducts a study into black: using various gradients of light as a symbol for the unknown or unseen, the work both absorbs and excels. Zoots’ use of a variety of materials and modes includes a spray-painted canvas wearing a garter made of rope and by referencing Rauschenberg. In his combinations and assemblages, the artist uses this method of recapitulation as an entrance into a discussion on materials, baseness and the interactions between both. This iconography is a tool to distance himself from staggering emotion. As a collage artist, Zoots examined unfamiliar methods of working, focusing on layering textures and material interactions. In this way each work became an experiment. Representing the ambiguous and ephemeral pleasures of these relationships, the series gives viewers hidden moments to enjoy.
Sarah Bowling (b. 1993) lives and works in Denver, Colorado. Bowling received her BFA in Painting and Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows across the country, including Aggregate Space, Oakland, CA, Sullivan Gallery, and Archer Beach Haus and RULE gallery. In 2017 she was selected to attend the ACRE Residency in Steuben, Wisconsin. Her work is in several private collections across the country. Sarah Bowling appears at Dateline courtesy of RULE Gallery.
Mario Zoots (b.1981) lives and works in Denver, Colorado and is a current resident at RedLine. He received his Masters of Art from the University of Denver in 2015. In August of 2013, he participated in the Biennial of the Americas, creating his unique brand of collage which was exhibited publicly on a billboard on a major street in Denver, CO. Zoots’ work has been exhibited internationally since 2010 when he created a site specific installation at the Museum of Image + Sound in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Additionally his work has appeared on streets and galleries alike in New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, Amsterdam and Mexico City. In the summer of 2017 he did a series of interventions in abandoned buildings throughout Chiapas in Southern Mexico and Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca. Mario Zoots appears at Dateline courtesy of K Contemporary.
DATELINE (est. 2014) Reaching four years is a huge milestone for an art gallery and as such we invite you to join us for our Artist reception and anniversary party for light fare and libations on Friday February 16th, 2018 from 6-11pm. Both artists will be present and would love to share more of their thoughts and process with all of you. Thank you for being supportive of DATELINE for all these years! Here’s to four more!
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