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Gary LaPointe Jr

Chicago

Artist Statement

If the moment is just right, the air between things can oscillate.

Is this a conversation?
Or, just another act of spatial breathing?

Heated air, is expanded air.
So, blow on it faster.

But, the term oscillation itself is a funny thing to bring up in terms of material objects; sculpture; but collectively allows for a proposed momentum in time and space. This momentum is a possible line with a definitive solution one way or another; one that we come across every once and a while, sometimes unknowingly; one that we can choose to make contact with or without; Keep blowing; Regardless, we are defined by the boundaries that this line draws as we are left with the air that is contained; condensing into vapor.

But, what type of utility is this exchange?

Materials remain as materials, and idle through functionality; compromised in visibility; as a doubling effect; or as an act of disappearance; performing under possible considerations; of preparation, of application, and of use value.

Within this framework, I am interested in revealing the current social and political infrastructures that are assembled materially within our urban construct, and question how they are defined or transformed by an individual; as a participant, or as noncompliant. Within this navigational inquiry, I investigate frameworks of value in relation to the function of material objects, systems of circulation, architectural models, and facets of identity. Through various means of displacement and intervention, I collect material objects that locate failure within these designed systems in order to raise questions of authority and authenticity. As a facilitator, I compose wall oriented works in relation to sculptural configurations that perform through the evidence of a found, or enacted material process. The accumulation of my work seeks to layer both the objective and queering subjective in the re-articulation of materiality that compromises an object or thing, allowing for new possible relations unfold.

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Gary LaPointe Jr's Portfolio

Gary LaPointe Jr., (BACK BURNER) East Gallery 2017 installation
altered architectural drafting paper and graphite in artist frames 25” x 51”
altered architectural drafting paper and graphite in artist frames 25” x 51”
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Artist Biography

Gary LaPointe Jr. ( born in 1991 CT 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 his most recent project shown in the 2019 Spring Exhibition at the Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen, DK. He will also be featured in 100 Sculptors of Tomorrow a publication from Kurt Beers Gallery and Thames and Hudson, London UK in 2019. LaPointe exhibited his solo project BACK BURNER in 2017 at Randy Alexander Gallery in Chicago, IL where he currently lives and works.

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