Trying Really Hard, is a group exhibition featuring the work of Dakota Havard, Sarah Rifkin, Noah Towne and Alex DeWahl from May 20th through May 21st, 2017. The opening reception will take place on May 20th from 6-9 pm and the artists will have a gallery talk the following day at 2 pm. The show is located at 421 Jefferson Street, Savannah, GA. This event is free and open to the public.
In the 20th century, the manufacturing of new materials contributed to a throw-away culture that revolved around immediacy and instant gratification. Humanity proliferated itself through a continuous stream of production; a trend of waste, both industrial and cultural, began and boomed among a wide variety of communities. At this time, artists began to expand upon what it meant to paint, sculpt, film, etc. The invention of new products and materials changed the possibilities of making, and opened the door for new concepts within the realm of art that deal not just with the tradition of documenting sight, but also which commented on this new reality of materiality. This period of globalization and social and technological change affected the way we understand our human environments, shifting and changing it to form a never-ending mass and cycle of consumption that defines our culture within the 21st century. Using a variety of art practices including painting, sculpture, installation and sound, Dakota Havard, Sarah Rifkin, Noah Towne, and Alex DeWahl comment on and involve themselves in this history through a process in which they reconstruct elements of industrial waste, low culture, and disregarded human environments into objects relating to the nature of spirituality, the sublime, and materiality.
For more information about the exhibition: tryingreallyhard.info