My work examines the relationship between consumer, commodity, and transformation. Within a culture of feverish consumption and retinal impatience, I make “fast” objects by the slowest means possible. The resulting sculptures, photographs, and installations represent overlooked objects rendered in symbolic materials. My process employs mimicry, disjointed spaces, and the fragmentation of forms to question what constitutes one’s perception of the real. Notions of obsolescence, visual decay, and circular logic have been recurring themes throughout my work. Materiality lies at the core of my practice. Specific sculptural ingredients have included a melted down amalgam of contemporary aluminum tools cast in the form of an anvil, human breath used to preserve and chemically encrust precious photographs, and discarded objects collected along the border between the United States and Mexico. I am motivated by the drive to reactivate materials in an attempt to coalesce object, site, and narrative in physical form.
SV Randall is an interdisciplinary artist based in Texas and New Mexico. His work has been shown both nationally and internationally at such venues as the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing; David & Schweitzer Contemporary in Brooklyn; the Rubin Center in El Paso; Ditch Projects in Eugene, Oregon; 1708 Gallery in Richmond; and the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. SV is the recipient of the Toby Devin Lewis Fellowship Award, a visual arts grant through the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and a Visiting Artist Grant from the Institute for Electronic Arts. He recently received an MFA in Sculpture + Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University. SV has been an artist-in-residence at Sculpture Space in Utica, New York; Border Art Residency in New Mexico; Cow House Studios in Wexford, Ireland; and the Institute for Electronic Arts at Alfred University. His work has recently been featured in issue 14 of Floorr Magazine as well as issues 132 and 135 of New American Paintings. In the summer and fall of 2018, Randall will participate in artist residency programs at Wave Pool Gallery in Cincinnati, the Seoul Museum of Art, and the Serlachius Museum in Mänttä, Finland. He currently serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor of sculpture at New Mexico State University and Lecturer at the University of Texas El Paso.
Experience the art of SV Randall in Peripheral Vision No. 8
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