The Almost Metal Collective is a very loose knit group, whose members are; Krista Hoefle, Jason Lahr, Sheilah Wilson, Rudy Shepherd, and local Shops of the ILSSA (Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts). This exhibition is an opportunity to take a visual excursion into the opinions and ideas of this group. These individuals are attempting in their various ways to make sense of personal identity as it is impacted by cultural and social influences. Like so many, the artists represented in this exhibition have developed a hyper awareness of information available as open-source ephemera, and have chosen to manipulate that material into personal statements about their world view.
Rudy Sheperd builds "Black Rock Energy Absorbers," which accompany his paintings of mass murders, politicians, terrorists, victimizers and victims as a way to remove the negative energy from people and their environment, allowing them to respond to life in a positive way. Krista Hoefle has created fictional characters who explore cyborg identity. She uses electronic objects, prints, video, and large humanoid figures fashioned out of a large screen-prints on paper, as well as Poser based digital (3D) “zombie-pose” figures, which are digitally unfolded using Pepakura, and rebuilt in the gallery space. Sheilah Wilson uses photography, video and text as a performative and documentary tool in her attempts to pick through the seams of narrative and image. Jason Lahr plucks and pulls from the traditions of narrative painting but propels it into a world built from generation X symbols with pop references, and as Jason says, he works like a vulture picking through a mountain of cultural detritus.
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