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301 Gallery

June 15, 2018 - July 22, 2018

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Kristine Roan is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice encompasses assemblage sculpture, collage, and video. Her process begins with, and is informed by, an extensive collection of children’s toys, decorative objects, and craft materials. Courting chance, she seeks out discoveries of objects in isolation from their mass-produced clones. This activity’s alignment with environmental concerns only became obvious as her work progressed, deepening her attraction to plastics and providing a limit to work within.

The collection primarily consists of highly artificial representations of natural forms. Plastic signifies planetary destruction and is thus more hastily banished to thrift stores and landfills than ever. These lone objects are imbued with precious care in an effort to rescue them from their classification as unsightly taboo.

Roan assembles sculptures as if they are puzzles, seeking out even the most minuscule synchronistic moments when the parts happen to fit together just so, and begin to speak as a single form. Together, this queer cast of sculptures diffuse the boundary between nature and artifice.

Shelf-Life is an ongrowing arrangement of (mostly) unmodified objects, which have been maintained in Roan’s home for several years. The title is a play on “still life” and perishability.

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