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Red Truck Gallery is buzzing with excitement this week as they prepare for their latest group exhibit INFINITE://\\:INTIMATE opening Saturday, October 22. Tucked away in Louisiana, USA Red Truck Gallery strives to feature a wide array of unique artistic expression while maintaining a relaxed and welcoming environment. Elaborate, meditative engravings on animal bones by Jason Borders are paired with the bone-like, intricate crocheted sculptures of Caitlin McCormack. If that wasn’t enough loops, curves, and winding forms for your eyes to follow, Red Truck Gallery will also have first-ever collaborative installations by Monica Canilao and Lauren Napolitano in house.  INFINITE://\\:INTIMATE will include these pieces that combines Monica’s and Lauren’s use of nostalgic found objects to create stories that tells us about the past, present and future…. and delves into their own personal history and personal ancestral heritage.

INFINITE://\\:INTIMATE is available for viewing until November 13.

INFINITE://\\:INTIMATE

red truck gallery

Opening Reception:

Saturday, October 22, 2016 | 7-10PM

Exhibition Dates:

October 22 – November 13, 2016

Red Truck Gallery

938 Royal Street | New Orleans, LA 70116 | USA

For purchasing information and availability, please contact the gallery directly at redtruckneworleans@gmail.com

Featured Artists:

Monica CanilaoLauren NapolitanoJason BordersCaitlin McCormack

Press Release:

Red Truck Gallery is extremely proud to present INFINITE://\\:INTIMATE, a group art show featuring Jason Borders, Monica Canilao, Caitlin McCormack and Lauren Napolitano.  They are leading the way in repurposed American craft and installation. In addition all four artists works seem to draw from iconography and symbolism that relates to a world myth presented in a contemporary context. Their art is simultaneously ancient and modern while invoking the future.

The opening reception is Saturday October 22nd 7PM, 938 Royal Street, New Orleans, in the heart of the French Quarter. In addition to individual works, we will be featuring an extensive collaborative installation, inside the gallery, between Monica and Lauren. For more details or a collectors preview contact us at redtruckneworleans@gmail.com or (504)522-3630. You can always keep up with us on the social networks @redtruckgallery or go to www.redtruckgallery.com

Jason Borders

Artist Statement: Jason’s intricately-carved skulls and bones were described by his recent feature in Hi-Fructose Magazine as “signifiers of a specific time and place… artifacts of the Northwest [adorned] with the stories and iconography of other cultures across time.”

“In using animal remains to create something new, Jason Borders intricate work reminds us of the cyclical nature of life. Borders has always been inspired by nature and always collected bones, but it wasn’t until recently that he began to use them as an art medium. He once said that he likes to think of these sculptural pieces as characters, ornately carved bones, antlers and skulls which are designed on the spur of the moment in his Portland, Oregon based studio.”

A graduate of Columbus College of Art and Design, Jason Borders lives in Portland, OR, and has shown in New York, London, Berlin, and more. He has been featured by Juxtapoz, CVLT Nation, Empty Kingdom, and Needles and Sins.

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King Flower

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Luminary

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Jaws

Caitlin McCormack

Artist Statement: Caitlin T. McCormack graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 2010 with a BFA in Illustration. The process of death, decay and rebuilding is important to her, and it is reflected in her art. More poignantly, McCormack’s crocheting materials and tools were inherited from her late grandmother, and the works help her embody the memories of her lost relatives. “ Lately I’ve been trying to carve out the metaphysics of what I’ve been thinking in a very fundamental sense.

Christian Bok published notes on the tenants of conceptual literature in which he kind of goes down the different stances you can take in writing literature. And there’s some part where he talks about what different writers consider to be the basic unit that could constitute text. Some people thought that it was a sentence, some people thought it was a phrase or work, Derrida thought it was just a mark. I read about that a while ago and I remember thinking of the mark as just the cell or the atom. Then I considered string to be the basic cellular unit of fabrication, at least with what I’m doing. So I use this string and I create enzymes, tissues, and systems, and organs… but then, it’s always coming from the spool of string. Once you cut the string, the object that you just made is severed from its point of origin. But the point of origin is still tethered to this thing and since it’s a material, it’s not an idea, it’s…I don’t know, there is no nothing. If I’m just isolating what I do into this vacuum, there’s no nothing. The string came from a cotton, from a plant, which came from soil, which could contain the dead bodies of somebody I’m related to or dinosaurs…there is no nothing. “

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C. Orexis

Caitlin McCormack

Tormentors

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 Humor Survived to the End

Lauren Napolitano

Artist Statement: Napolitano’s work is influenced by traditional Mexican pottery and basket work, featuring patterned line work over various antique items. The artist holds a deep connection with found objects, and with a steady hand makes her marks across their surface. Her installation heavy artwork often takes the patron through by-gone eras, and even hints at things to come. Treasured mementos are carefully culled through an ongoing search.

“My work is about celebrating the handmade and the imperfections that come along with it. I am incredibly influenced by my mother’s Mexican heritage and I lean heavily on these ancestors as I create and gather inspiration. Using symmetry and traditional Mexican craft (tile, textile, wood carving) as my starting point, each line is truly unique, and any flaw is simply showing the beauty of the human hand. I find it important to achieve depth with simple lines and dots, taking something so simple and creating a complex world within. As a woman I love to explore bold lines while adding a clearly feminine mark, inventing delicate pattern work to incorporate a sense of balance through it all.”Napolitano is entirely self-taught and has been creating work for nearly a decade.

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Installation progress at Red Truck Gallery

Monica Canilao

Artist Statement: “Everything I make has a story because of the materials I choose to use have seen age and have a history. The media I use is collected on my journeys and act as mementos of the places I have been and how those places have shaped me into who I am now. I know where every little bit has come from and every little piece has some meaning or at least a feeling that gets trapped and is carried along with it. I also have a ridiculous amount of outlandish stories I recount that create a narrative for what I make and why.” “I have said once that my art practice is about making living sacred. And I really do think it is as simple as that.” In the heart of Oakland, California, Monica Canilao spends her days stitching, painting, printing, and breathing life into the refuse that dominates our time and place. Moving across media, sometimes with friends and sometimes alone, Canilao makes a delicate visual record of the personal and communal. She received a BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts and has shown in galleries, community spaces, abandoned places and … worldwide.

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Installation progress at Red Truck Gallery

INFINITE://\\:INTIMATE is the also the first manifestation of a collaboration between Monica Canilao and Lauren Napolitano. The show title stems from critique of Woman Hollering Creek by Sandra Cisneros. “…the women in these stories offer tales of pure discovery, filled with moments of infinite and intimate wisdom…” –The Washington Post. Her writings about women and their relationship to the world around them leave you feeling empowered and closer to oneself. This body of work is inspired by Cisneros’ investment in the tradition of oral storytelling. INFINITE://\\:INTIMATE calls on Cisneros’ belief that a story was only a story if you listen and it stays with you.

Canilao & Napolitano take this idea and translated it to objects. This process, like oral storytelling is based mostly on intuition. Placing and replacing until the right combination of pieces captures the perfect essence of their spirit, defined or imagined. By allowing those deep and intimate spaces within ourselves to come to surface and be seen and most importantly, celebrated.

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Monica Canilao & Lauren Napolitano collaborative piece

Within the act of conjuring their own inner folk-craft spirit Canilao & Napolitano are continuing the analog and handmade traditions of women working together. Collaborating to create something beyond their individual capacity. Creating something timeless through the process of collecting and integrating objects from both past and present, remnants scavenged on travels and passed down. Found parlor portraits exist as ghost images long lost to any lineage that knew them, and by working into them, the artists resurrect their spirits. They are enshrined, re-imagined and gifted a new life.

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Monica Canilao & Lauren Napolitano collaborative piece

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