One-Week MFA Thesis Exhibition: Carley Zarzeka
February 26 @ 8:00 am - March 2 @ 5:00 pm
Is a Call to Pleasure a Loss?
Opening Reception: March 1, 2018 5-7 PM
Though sculptural and installation-based practice, Is a Call to Pleasure a Loss? investigates the standardization of construction materials in the United States and their relationship to the domestic space. An assemblage of found objects, including building supplies, are employed in the service of these sometimes precarious constructions. Utilizing strategies of juxtapositions that highlight lines, gravity, and balance, attention is called to these objects’ material and formal qualities–qualities that are intentionally concealed in the building process. This exploration also highlights how standardization has become essential in the world of product design and in the spaces in which these objects reside. Ultimately, by intentionally sourcing generic objects to use in the sculptures, the work simultaneously operates on both a universal and personal level.
Although they operate in this doubled way, the materials that I use in my work are familiar, but not inherently personal. Instead of using intimate or private objects, say from my childhood, I scour for and collect items that together construct a framework of time and place; an identity, not of myself but of the generic. I believe that by using everyday objects like outlet plugs and pasta strainers, the work cannot be biographical or specific, but can serve as an entry point into other biographies, other specifications beyond my own. My work is not about my life, but about aiming for individualism, yet faltering due to unconscious, generic consumerism.