Summer 2023 GPS presents a new solo exhibition by resident artist Nathan J. Baker. –––––– From the exhibition statement: “Sculpture has unique characteristics as a form of artistic expression. It often brings presence – much like sharing a room with another person – generating a space of confrontation or contemplation. There is much visual art that exists on a flat plane. In contrast, sculptures inhabit and command space as objects, holding weight, both literal and metaphorical. They become areas of condensed meaning – often imbued through the physicality of their making, through the choice of materials, through the movement and energy of the artist’s body, through intentional action and intervention.
The materials chosen for this exhibition – mostly common grade sheets of plywood and basic construction lumber – are the materials that constitute the spaces we inhabit. Thus they become almost invisible by way of their ubiquity and commonness. These products are all examples of tree-as-commodity, creating a tension between the tree itself and the practical building material which it has become. As is the action of the artist. Wrapped into these pieces are confrontations with work and value, abstraction and perfection, but with the shadow of the artist always present through his tools, his time, his decisions and his labor.
Sculptures, as containers for meaning, are also informed by their relationship with the space in which they are placed. For this show, the works are housed in a building which the artist has transformed through years of physical labor and experience. This building itself is surrounded by the Monongahela National Forest as well as vast acres of private, active timberland – much of which is at the age of harvest.” –––––– Support for this exhibition is provided by the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture, and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts. –––––– Nathan J. Baker is an artist and builder who lives and works in Thomas, WV. He is a co-founder of Gradient Projects and Invisible – an artist-run gallery in Thomas. nathanbakerart.com
June 2022 – September 2022 Opening Saturday June 18th // 6pm – late
GPS invites you to the opening of a new solo exhibition by Kimberly Joy Trathen.
This new body of textile-based work is made by intimate, meditative wrapping of embroidery thread. It is rooted in a process of embodied healing and engages the artist’s personal experiences with loss. The exhibition includes a collaborative piece that invites the community to participate in the wrapping method as a way to process the collective grief of these past years.
Support for this exhibition is provided by the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture, and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts.
Kimberly Joy currently lives and works in Thomas, WV. She is a contemporary textile artist and founder/co-founder of three artistic initiatives: Backstitched Design – a solo design studio; Gradient Projects – an artist-run project space; Studio Holler – a collaborative textile studio.
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I have a piece of art showing at The @smithsonian’s @hirshhorn opening this weekend. I am grateful to have the platform to talk about the opioid crises & Appalachian politics, especially where they intersect. We live in a time of digital news cycles & shorthand dog whistles like “Trump Country” that help keep #JDVance on the NYT bestseller list. It used to be every major media outlet had a “hot take” on Appalachia. Now, it feels like EVERYONE does. That’s why it’s important for Appalachians to make art & tell their own stories. On a personal note, opioid addiction & my body’s unique response to processing the Rx’s, Opioid Neurotoxicity has been the largest obstacles I have navigated in my life. Opioids help with my pain but I become untethered to reality. I live with a chronic debilitating painful auto immune disorder, pain management will be a huge part of my life the rest of my life. Trying to understand the treatment options that are available to me for pain management has meant that Opioid Neurotoxicity has been a predominate part of my life for the past decade . My relationship to opioids / how my body processes them has impacted every relationship in my life. Being able to make things has been the most healing & positive for me. From public art to homespun handmade work, making things helps me be present & in the moment. As an Artist that almost lost their life to opioids I support the work of @sacklerpain. PAIN has worked tirelessly to hold the Sackler family accountable for their role in the opioid epidemic as owners of #PurduePharmaceuticals. In the June @vanityfair interview with #DavidSackler, David said “the family’s philanthropy is being rejected”. ONLY @ prestigious cultural institutions. What David is really saying is no one will take our money that we want to give it to. The Sackler’s have never explored #opioidreperations. I get it, wings of international museums named after you is sexier than building back the communities that you profited from their literal #deathtoll.