Before Disappearing into the Wilderness

Civic TV Collective in conjunction with Beefhaus presents Andy Grotfeldt & Terry Suprean AT Beefhaus, Dallas TX. Opening Saturday Oct 11 from 7 - 10 pm. 

Andy Grotfeldt and Terry Suprean put forward a cooperative exhibition of new works

entitled Before Disappearing into the Wilderness October 11th at Beefhaus in Dallas Tx.

This pairing will showcase the various methods within the artists' individual practice that

address a shared yet divergent concern for the status of meaning in the modern era.

Through digital acquiescence and stubborn dismissal of technology Suprean and

Grotfeldt conversely seek a signification found in the ritualization of process.

Suprean's generous compositions result from combining a number of processes such as

installation, collage, projection and digital manipulation. These elements are

superimposed and compressed both digitally and practically into a photograph. Random

imaging and slippery coding are entangled among physical procedures and then

repeated, building lush imaginary spaces with ghostly figures that exist ambiguously

between the virtual and the physical realm. "Like Speaking In Tongues With Your

Thumbs is a series of works that at its core attempts to reach content through the process

of ritualizing technology; that is to sublimate the spinning gyre of media and technological

over stimulation we exist within into the ancient visceral drive to repeat finite actions until

meaning is reached through accumulation and simulation." Suprean translates childhood

memories of iconic images and experiences into scenarios of ghostly simulacrum using

all the means of production he has at his disposal, including "smoke and mirrors, primitive

projections, lens modification, etc." Suprean's maximalist approach, that teases the

viewer into decrypting foggy mythos colonized by familiar tropes of sexuality, religion and

death which renders complex, highly theatrical depictions of otherworldliness. Terry

Suprean is based in Houston where he works as an artist and instructor. He is also a

founding member of the Civic TV Collective.

Andy Grotfeldt is a Houston based artist whose practice is grounded in the traditions of

painting and drawing. Grotfeldt's tactile and handmade work offers a stark counterpoint to

Suprean's seductive photographic visions. Remaining intuitive and unaffected by the

whims of trending art practices, his works are conceived in the cauldron of day to day

struggles. Brooding and melancholic, Grotfeldt's paintings are sludgy and entropic

surfaces made from found images and patterned fabric that is methodically eradicated.

His drawings are accumulations of obsessive and deliberate ink marks that are slowly

built up using a grab bag of drawing supplies but relying heavily on common store bought

markers. Warm and luminous grounds are populated by singular geometric shapes subtly

recognizable as beings. These apparitions vacillate between humanistic and totemic.

These ambivalent lifeforms are projections of the artist's own personality, materialized

through the act of markmaking and surface covering. His works, though highly

emblematic, are not born from premeditated calculation. Instead, their aim is to "represent

a willingness to relinquish control over their environments and seem able to operate

functionally in a neutral state." Grotfeldt has shown in galleries in Houston and

Amsterdam, is an active member of the collaborative group Civic TV, and a legacy in the

international art movement FIUWAC.