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making stuff out of things: Paintings, sculptures, and collaborative works by Douglas Degges and Eric Oglander

Mar 6, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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March 6 – March 22, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, March 6, 7 -10 pm

Art and walking have an ongoing romance in New York. From Vito Acconci following people around the city in 1969, to Christine Hill leading them around it thirty years later, right up to Elastic City’s current rendering of Art Walks as an enterprise, artists in New York have often walked the streets in the service of art. This comes as no surprise, since walking in general is such a signature part of this urban culture. According to New York Magazine, our fine city “is literally designed to force people to walk… Driving in the city is maddening, pushing us onto the sidewalks and up and down the stairs to the subways…Every city block doubles as a racewalking track, every subway station, a StairMaster. Seen this way, the whole city looks like a massive exercise machine.” And to Douglas Degges and Eric Oglander, the whole city looks like their studio:

We’ve found that the walking required to traverse New York City has opened up our shared studio space and collaboration simply by introducing us to the surprising textures, shapes, and materials of things discarded in the streets. Usually one of us will arrive to the studio with found treasures in tow. These treasures offer a jumping off point, a story or conversation to build work around. One of us will work on something until a stopping point is found and then pass it along to the other. This process of working collaboratively, of passing things back and forth, has asked us to consider, and at times adopt, even if only for a moment, the interests and concerns of another maker.

We’re happy to present making stuff out of things, paintings, sculptures, and collaborative works by Douglas Degges and Eric Oglander in the main gallery at Wayfarers.

Originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, Douglas Degges graduated with a BA from Rhodes College in 2009 and a MFA from the University of Iowa in 2012. His work has been exhibited in various group and solo exhibitions throughout the United States. Most recently his work was exhibited at Horse House in NYC, John Davis Gallery in Hudson, NY, and Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. Upcoming exhibitions include a two person show at Southfork in Memphis, TN and a group show at Whitespace in Atlanta, GA.

Eric Oglander was born into a family of artists and raised in the woods outside Nashville, TN. Wanting to focus on art, he left high school in 2005 opting for isolated studio time and travel. In the summer of 2007, he worked as an apprentice in the sculpture studio at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado. He then moved to Mexico and later to California. He now resides in Brooklyn. In addition to sculpture and drawing, he also collects found photography and found objects, which has lead to one online curatorial project called craigslist mirrors which compiles photos of mirrors from craigslist. A book of these images will be published by TBW in Oakland, CA and will be available in the fall. Eric has shown in various solo and group exhibitions around the country and most recently was included in a show at Horse House in Manhattan and a group show at Cumberland Gallery in Nashville, TN.
March 6 – March 22, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, March 6, 7 -10 pm


Cassidy Araiza: Summer Studies
March 6 – March 22, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, March 6, 7 -10 pm

For this iteration of the TOBY Project Wall, Wayfarers is pleased to present Summer Studies, a selection of photographs by Cassidy Araiza. Following in the legacy of street photography, Araiza is an itinerant artist whose wanderings, local haunts and close-knit social circle serve as the inspiration for his works. Though different in media, Araiza’s photographs act as a foil to Douglas Degges’s and Eric Oglander’s works in the front gallery, as all artists explore the unseen, overlooked and discarded in our environment.

As Araiza states, “The idea for this ongoing series came to me when I was looking at a lot of work that had been very controlled in studio setups. Although I loved what I was seeing, I have always thought that some of the best work happens accidentally—found in what you might stumble upon. With this conviction, I started photographing color- and line-driven work that I saw when I was out and about. I limit my photographs to three colors maximum to give my works a studio-esque feel, even though they are not taken in the studio. Some of my influences lately have been Alec Soth, Stephen Shore, Martin Parr, Blake Fox, Antonella Tignanelli, and Adele Zubrzycka for shooting both outside and inside the studio. I also follow the studio work of Jo Ann Callis, Damien Maloney, Nickolay Dyadechko and Keegan Grandbois.”

Cassidy Araiza lives and works in Tucson, Arizona. He holds a BFA in Photography from the University of Arizona, and is currently working on two ongoing series of photographs: The World’s Studio, an exploration of color and line in the natural and built environment, and Sports, a collaborative zine with photographer Adele Zubrzycka, which is told with an outsider’s perspective on the world of sports. Araiza has exhibited in New York, the southwest as well as in the International Photography Festival in Pingyao, China, and his work has been featured on Paper Journal, Wandering Bears, The Photographic Dictionary and Self Publish, Be Happy.

March 6 – March 22, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, March 6, 7 -10 pm



Mar 6, 2015
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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