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Gary LaPointe Jr.

Chicago, Illinois

Artist Statement

As a navigational method, my work investigates material boundaries, systems of circulation, and notions of value. Within these inquiries, I construct sculptures, drawings, collages, and prints that mine the shifting frameworks of our built and natural environments, as well as, the facets and rituals of queer identity. At its core, my work seeks to locate and jostle solidified material constructs to allow for new perspectives to shift into focus.

In my sculptural work, I often collect and transform found objects that range from architectural forms, urban infrastructure, and utilitarian tools to household, personal, and natural elements. I grapple with the material histories and the inherent paradoxes and failures embedded within these recontextualized objects through processes and methods of fabrication. I distill, polish, layer, reframe and assemble materials and objects to alter surface tensions and to construct new relationships and narratives. Alongside this, I also produce process-based drawings, prints, and works on paper that reference compromised units of measurement and moments of reconfiguration. Forms of desire, care, and repair are also interwoven throughout my works and decipher a senses of identity. Collectively, my works offset and oscillates between realms of materiality allowing for new definitions to unfold.

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Artist Biography

Gary LaPointe Jr. ( 1991, USA) graduated in 2016 from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an MFA in Sculpture and was also awarded the 2016 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award from the International Sculpture Center. He had received his BFA from Lesley University College of Art and Design and was also a participant of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2013. LaPointe has exhibited nationally and internationally with select projects and exhibitions at EVERYBODY Gallery (Chicago, IL.) Randy Alexander Gallery (Chicago, IL) Lunder Arts Center (Cambridge, MA) Kunsthal Charlottenborg (Copenhagen, DK) and the Royal Academy of the Arts (London, UK). LaPointe is also featured in 100 Sculptors of Tomorrow published in 2019 by Thames and Hudson and BEERS Gallery (London, UK). He attended the Wassaic Projects Residency in 2019 and had also received a Purchase Award from the Working Artist Organization in 2020. LaPointe currently lives and works in Chicago, IL.



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