Co-Modify exhibit opens at Nave Museum
Dec. 9, 2011 at 6:09 a.m.
The Co-Modify exhibit at the Nave Museum is a collection of works from several artists around the country called the Culture Lab Collective.
J. Derrick Durham, one of the featured artists, said the pieces defy traditional art.
"Most shows are aesthetically driven," Durham said. "This is about making observations."
The exhibit opened to the public on Friday and will remain until Jan. 21. The museum is at 306 W. Commercial St.
Museum Executive Director Amy Leissner said the out-of-town artists bring diversity to Victoria.
"With a collection of artists, we can have varied viewpoints and opinions," she said. The works are created by 11 artists representing eight states, including Texas: Kansas, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Missouri, Florida, New York and Washington.
Leissner also added that most of the exhibitors are younger than 30 and bring a fresh perspective to the Nave Museum.
A common theme that unites them is their response to the social condition, in which all value is monetary and reality itself becomes a product, according to the news release.
Ryder Richards's piece, "Fried Gold," is four hand-battered necklaces.
"Anything can be made better by deep-frying it. And nothing is better than gold," Richards said in his statement.
Richards, who works as the gallery coordinator for Richards College in Dallas, also said he took the "State Fair" approach to increasing the value of gold.
Curator Shreepad Joglekar used three photographs of shaped piles of dirt.
The former Victoria College professor did not construct the large structures himself. Instead, he observed deteriorating community parks, new gated subdivisions and strip malls, while driving.
Joglekar also said that society is increasingly going away from tradition-based knowledge, and now, lets media, advertising and celebrities guide their choices.
"It seems, in this post - cultural society, for every common-sense daily practice that our families evolved with, there is a mass-produced industrial product," he said.
Durham said the exhibit is humorous, interactive and thought-provoking.
He has two pieces in the museum, "Aether Drift" and "Icarus." Durham used acrylic on canvas to mimic a silk screen pattern.
The abstract painting shows his interpretation of wings.
"I want to make them look like they are seriously floating," said the professional artist with 15 years experience.
Since Durham was a child, he's been fascinated with wings. He enjoyed bird watching in high school and his father was in the Air Force.
Durham said artists see the world from a different perspective because they often work alone and are disconnected from the world.
The Texas State University-San Marcos professor said that art should be left to individual interpretation.
"People can develop their own fantasies," Durham said. "I welcome everyone to explore."