Paul Artspace And Hoffman LaChance Contemporary Team Up For Special Exhibition

By Ashley Ray
In Culture

Paul Artspace, founded in 2013 by Michael Behle, is a new artist residency located on 5.5 acres of land a few miles northwest of St. Louis City. It offers resident artists a house, studio space and time to develop their work. Carl Giffney and Andreas Kindler von Knobloch, both based out of Ireland, have been the first two residents hosted by PA. The fruits of their summer labor will be on view at Hoffman LaChance gallery in a special two-week engagement from Aug. 16-31.

Giffney with the quartz crystal at Paul Artspace

Giffney with the quartz crystal at Paul Artspace

 

The collaborative exhibit, titled “Sisyphus Americana,” documents Giffney and  Kindler von Knobloch’s journeys around the Midwest with a 500-pound quartz crystal in the bed of a pick-up truck. The exhibition will include nine photos as well as sculptural and video components. According to Giffney and  Kindler von Knobloch, “The series of images are like stills from a road movie that we never made—with the residency and the exhibition, we are building a myth about the crystal and its travels.” They also explain how the crystal has been a way for them to better understand America and Americans in contrast to the view of America purported in Europe, noting how “the crystal forced an engagement with the people who came near it. In car parks, shopping malls, bars . . . we were approached by people and used this process to build our picture of this part of America.”

Kindler von Knobloch with the crystal in their truck.

Kindler von Knobloch with the crystal in their truck. Courtesy of the artists.

 

You can catch Giffney and Kindler von Knobloch’s show at Hoffman LaChance Contemporary during its two-week showing from Aug. 16-31, with opening reception on Friday, Aug. 16 from 7-11pm.

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