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Yes Sir No Sir This Way That, Thaddeus Erdahl
December 4, 2014 - January 9, 2015
Yes Sir No Sir This Way That
Artist Reception | Thursday, December 18, 2014 | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Exhibition on view December 4, 2014 through January 9, 2015
The Jane Hartsook Gallery is pleased to present the New York City Solo Exhibition debut of sculptor Thaddeus Erdahl.
“When considering the murky reservoir of human history, it is difficult to separate legend from reality. Through my work, I examine human myth in the modern age, specifically on characters that emerge from our society’s underbelly; the less popular folk. Using their “legends”, I feel compelled to tell stories that illustrate analogies in life; blending together archetypes, shared experiences, and my own personal mythology. Who we are in the world is a kaleidoscope of interpretations, biased memories, and personal connections.
Ceramic sculpture and portraiture, in particular, are forms of a visual narration that I use to satisfy my urge for documenting what I see in human nature. Evocative of well-loved toys and obsolete artifacts, I use the implied history of these objects to encourage the viewer to disconnect from the present situation and conjure their own individual narratives from my sculptures.
Working with concepts that are personal and sometimes narcissistic perceptions of the gloomy side of life, dark humor is my buffer. Dry or irreverent, it is humor that mystifies the tragic.” –Thaddeus Erdahl
Thaddeus (tj) Erdahl has exhibited his ceramic sculpture and presented workshops and lectures nationally throughout the United States. Thaddeus received an M.F.A. in Ceramics from the University of Florida where he was a University of Florida Alumni Fellowship recipient. In 2008, he attended Think Tank III, a national arts in higher education symposium, as a Graduate Fellowship Recipient. After graduate school Thaddeus was selected as an Artist-in-Resident at the prestigious Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and briefly acted as their Program Manager. In the spring of 2012 he completed a 5-month ceramics sabbatical replacement at the University of Northern Iowa. Recently Thaddeus was award a one month Artist-in-Residency at Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center, Denmark.