Ashley Addair and Michael Giles forge a conversation through materiality and mark-making in this collection of work. The dialogue originates in their communal studio space where, color, process, line, and form commingle, informing their individual practices over a period of several years. These overlaps in the work became a bastion of intrigue and excitement leading to the collaboration of the exhibition. Though each artist presents individual and specifically realized works, the interplay and discourse between images and the artists manifests as a working rumination on the act of creating itself. What is authenticity in our digital/global environment? How does collaboration inform expression and it’s meaning? How do the underlying structures of shared space find physical form? How do these forms shape ourselves and our communities?
These rhetorical devices serve the basic human instinct toward existing in the tension between understanding and mystery, hoping to invite complexity and paradox into questions on being.