Speeds and Feeds
May 14-June 8
Reception: Sat. May 14. 1-4 pm
Gallery hours : Saturdays 1-4 pm
Wedge, 1448 W. Howard St. Chicago, IL 60626
Wedge Projects is pleased to present Speeds and Feeds, a new ensemble of works and gallery activation by Chicago based artist Anton Auth, on view through June 12th
Speeds and Feeds is Auth’s first solo exhibition in Chicago, since relocating from Baltimore in 2019. Invoking a colloquialism used by machinists to refer to their coded language of RPMs, SFMs and chip loads, Speeds and Feeds interprets the personal balance of work/leisure, the theater of labor and the joy and despair both apparent in working with ones hands. Auth makes use of machined acrylic, gasket material, making tape, protective paper, plastic sheeting, shop furniture and other supportive materials to construct what he describes as quintessential modernist sculpture knockoffs, presented at Wedge Projects within a workspace that reveals to the viewer what lies beneath drop ceilings and painted drywall skins.
Anton Auth lives and works in Chicago. After working hands-on in the manufacturing world, he received his MFA from The University of Chicago in 2021. Auth’s sculptures engage with occupational folklore, material culture, sculpture making and sometimes the act of filming oneself. He has been the artist in residence at the Evergreen Museum and Library at Johns Hopkins University and a recipient of the Arts Science and Culture Initiative grant at the University of Chicago. Once, he asked the groundskeeper for the Baltimore Ravens advice on how to paint a field. Another time, he compared ideas of subjectivity and craftspersonship in science and art with a neurobiologist who researches retinal cell communication. Recently Auth launched STUDIOTONY, the production and collaborative branch of his art practice that focuses on design, solving material challenges and making functional objects.
The opening is on May 14th, from 1-4 PM, and gallery hours are 1 to 4 PM on Saturdays or by appointment.
Please refer to the website for details.