A purposefully imperfect way of making art
Petroleum JellyClifton Benevento (515 Broadway, New York, NY) Map it Free
Polly Apfelbaum, John Burtle, Kirsten Nash, David Zuttermeister
March 8 – April 12, 2014
Often referred to as an optical aberration, a soft focus effect in photography can be created through the use of petroleum jelly. Smearing the messy substance on the lens diffuses the subject, producing a dreamlike representation. Although none of the artists in Petroleum Jelly produce lens-based media, they could be considered analog in their approach to image/object making.
In this exhibition we see the employment of various materials and methods to blur, soften and re-imagine subjects. Some objects appear amorphous, whiles others have been molded in loose representational forms. Purposefully imperfect, the ceramics, paintings and sculptures on view appear fragile yet somehow alive.
Polly Apfelbaum and Kirsten Nash live and work in New York. John Burtle and David Zuttermeister live and work in Los Angeles.