Artist: Dylan Spaysky
Exhibition title: Wicker and Diapers
Venue: Good Weather, North Little Rock, US
Date: February 25 – April 8, 2017
Photography: images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Good Weather
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1′ 8″ Duck (2017)
A matter-of-factness sits on the storeroom shelves: a series of wicker woven busts of friends in Dylan Spaysky’s current milieu; each portrait with individualizing facial and cranial details. These substantial visible traits dovetail with an unassuming exploration of commonness shaped through idiosyncrasy. The basekt-weavings and foam carvings in Wicker and Diapers take a hobbyist’s approach to the endeavor of sculpture-making and the works magnanimity and craft—by dint of its materials, content, and genuineness—preserve, in a way, a balance between the individual and group. Like the Hopi people, in Spaysky’s practice there is value for giving which fosters community. Sumi’nangwa and Nami’nagwa which mean “to live with mutual concern toward one another.” This way of life is inspired. It is an important generator of hope and sharing that has a social impact which can resolutely address the dubious constructs of a post-truth epoch.
Dylan Spaysky is a sculptor that currently lives and works in Hamtramck, Michigan. He earned his BFA from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit in 2007. He has had solo exhibitions at Cleopatra’s (Brooklyn) in 2014; Popps Packing (Detroit) and Clifton Benevento (New York) in 2015; and CUE Arts Foundation (New York) in 2016. He has red hair. He has participated in group exhibitions at Hannah Hoffman (Los Angeles), What Pipeline (Detroit), MOCA Cleveland, nGbK (Berlin), and Susanne Hilberry Gallery (Ferndale, Michigan), among others. Visit www.spayskyfineart.com for more information about the artist and his work.