B3: Blooms/Bugs/Beasts The Scarab Club, Detroit, MI / May 15 - June 29, 2012 The natural absurd. With Aisling Arrington / Jennifer Belair / Austin Brady / Alexander Buzzalini / Jason DeMarte / Kevin Ewing / Andy Gabrysiak / Adrian Hatfield / Rafal Kopacz / Michael McGillis / Jim Pallas / Renata Palubinskas / Rachel Lynn Rose / Lauren Satlowski / Stephen William Schudlich / Millee Tibbs / Britta Urness / Alison Wong /

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RYAN STANDFEST b3: blooms / bugs / beasts
The Natural Absurd.

When I was a child growing up in suburban Detroit, I spent much time occupying living rooms decked-out with ostentatiously-framed generic images of nature: pedestrian still life arrangements, benign western landscapes, and tamed animals. They were conversation pieces. Not images to converse about, but images to converse in front of. More properly put, they were wallpaper.

Meanwhile out in the backyard, in the garden, hung the glass flytrap. A jar teeming with imprisoned flies drawn to a piece of rotting meat, and unable to see a way out. Look a little further and there was a moldering tomato. Further still, in a field, a rotting squirrel carcass and even a dog, thoroughly decayed beneath the sun. Near a rock—two beetles could be seen clumsily mating.

This was nature: anti-heroic, anti-romantic, often mysterious and absurd; very frequently messy and destructive. Rather than the false romance of what was hanging on the walls— a bourgeois strategy to paint nature up like a whore and have it fulfill every manner of fantasy while pretending that incorruptibility is held at bay —here was something living and dying before my very eyes. True wonder lay here.

Let’s see that rotting dog, the western roadkill, the giant rat scurrying down the sidestreet in search of survival surplus, the rabbit that has been made into a goodluck charm, the fish that has been repurposed as a sign of masculine domination, the deer shot for meat, the womblike cave that the beast takes refuge in, the mountain where the hallucinating guru resides, the dark forest where children are said to be eaten, and the entire throbbing, teeming mass of green sliced and caged by Modernist grids. Show me the pickled and the bottled and the stuffed and trapped and the gutted and devoured.

But it’s a comedy really— the greatest absurdist conceit of all. We are nature. And our destructive and morbid tendencies are merely a continuation of the cataclysmic natural chain of events, even though we like to see it differently, hanging on those living room walls to entertain in front of, keeping it all under control and at bay.

/ Ryan Standfest / May 2013 /
RYAN STANDFEST b3: blooms / bugs / beasts
General exhibition view 1.
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General exhibition view 2.
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General exhibition view 3.
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General exhibition view 4.
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General exhibition view 5.
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General exhibition view 6.
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General exhibition view 7.
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General exhibition view 8.
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General exhibition view 9.
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Aisling Arrington:

Chicken Paw Monument and Chicken Paw Cup Set / 2012 / ceramic
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Aisling Arrington:

Chicken Paw Monument
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Aisling Arrington:

Chicken Paw Cup Set
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Aisling Arrington:

Chicken Paw Cup Set
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Jennifer Bellair (with Alexander Buzzalini and Matthew Hunt):

Barefeet on a String / 2013 / mixed media on paper
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Jennifer Belair:

Treadwell / 2013 / mixed media on paper
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Austin J. Brady:

Times Makes Fools of Us All / 2013 / phototransfer, collage, oil
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Alexander Buzzalini:

The Old Man and the Sea / 2013 / hand-colored lithograph
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Jason DeMarte:

Nature Preserve: Sweet Rapture / 2011 / archival inkjet print

Nature Preserve: Fried Doe / 2011 / archival inkjet print
RYAN STANDFEST b3: blooms / bugs / beasts
Jason DeMarte:

Nature Preserve: Sweet Rapture / 2011 / archival inkjet print
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Jason DeMarte:

Nature Preserve: Fried Doe / 2011 / archival inkjet print
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Kevin Ewing:

Still Life / 2013 / mixed media
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Kevin Ewing:

Still Life (detail) / 2013 / mixed media
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Kevin Ewing:

Still Life (detail) / 2013 / mixed media
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Kevin Ewing:

Still Life (detail) / 2013 / mixed media
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Kevin Ewing:

Head Shot / 2013 / mixed media
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Kevin Ewing:

Head Shot (detail) / 2013 / mixed media
RYAN STANDFEST b3: blooms / bugs / beasts
Kevin Ewing:

Head Shot (detail) / 2013 / mixed media
RYAN STANDFEST b3: blooms / bugs / beasts
Kevin Ewing:

Head Shot (detail) / 2013 / mixed media
RYAN STANDFEST b3: blooms / bugs / beasts
Kevin Ewing:

Head Shot (detail) / 2013 / mixed media
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Andy Gabrysiak:

installation of Caves Only
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Andy Gabrysiak:

Caves Only / 2013 / Papier Mâché, paint
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Andy Gabrysiak

Caves Only 3 / 2013 / ink on paper
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Andy Gabrysiak:

(label)
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Andy Gabrysiak:

Caves Only (zine) / 2013 / 16 pages, b+w, staplebound
RYAN STANDFEST b3: blooms / bugs / beasts
Andy Gabrysiak:

Caves Only (zine) / 2013 / 16 pages, b+w, staplebound
RYAN STANDFEST b3: blooms / bugs / beasts
Adrian Hatfield:

King of the Impossible (detail) / 2011 / mixed media
RYAN STANDFEST b3: blooms / bugs / beasts
Adrian Hatfield:

King of the Impossible (detail) / 2012 / mixed media
RYAN STANDFEST b3: blooms / bugs / beasts
Adrian Hatfield:

King of the Impossible (detail) / 2012 / mixed media
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Rafal Kopacz:

Birds of paradise in Cyclical Despair / 2013 / ink on paper

Point and Line to Plane and Bird / 2013 / ink on paper
RYAN STANDFEST b3: blooms / bugs / beasts
Rafal Kopacz:

Birds of paradise in Cyclical Despair / 2013 / ink on paper

Point and Line to Plane and Bird / 2013 / ink on paper
RYAN STANDFEST b3: blooms / bugs / beasts
Michael McGillis:

Ossuary for the American Jackal / 2012 / mixed media
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Michael McGillis:

Ossuary for the American Jackal / 2012 / mixed media
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Michael McGillis:

Ossuary for the American Jackal / 2012 / mixed media
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Michael McGillis:

Shared Space / 2012 / mixed media
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Michael McGillis:

Shared Space (detail) / 2012 / mixed media
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Jim Pallas:

Coldwater River / 1994 / plastic, wood

Gulf Golf: Hole-In-One / 2010 / tar, beach detritus
RYAN STANDFEST b3: blooms / bugs / beasts
Jim Pallas:

Gulf Golf: Hole-In-One / 2010 / tar, beach detritus
RYAN STANDFEST b3: blooms / bugs / beasts
Jim Pallas:

Gulf Golf: Hole-In-One (detail) / 2010 / tar, beach detritus
RYAN STANDFEST b3: blooms / bugs / beasts
Jim Pallas:

Coldwater River / 1994 / plastic, wood
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Jim Pallas:

(label)
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Jim Pallas:

Coldwater River / 1994 / plastic, wood
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Renata Palubinskas:

Girl and Rabbit / 2007 / oil on panel
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Rachel Lynn Rose:

Emma / 2012 / embroidery, tar, wax
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Rachel Lynn Rose:

Emma (detail) / 2012 / embroidery, tar, wax
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Lauren Satlowski:

Deez Treez / 2012 / mixed media
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Lauren Satlowski:

Deez Treez / 2012 / mixed media
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Lauren Satlowski:

Deez Treez (detail) / 2012 / mixed media
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Lauren Satlowski:

The Smokies / 2011 / mixed media
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Lauren Satlowski:

The Smokies (detail) / 2011 / mixed media
RYAN STANDFEST b3: blooms / bugs / beasts
Lauren Satlowski:

The Smokies (detail) / 2011 / mixed media
RYAN STANDFEST b3: blooms / bugs / beasts
Lauren Satlowski:

The Smokies (detail) / 2011 / mixed media
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Stephen William Schudlich:

Urban Culinary Adventures of Fat Matty Rat / 2013 / inkjet on newsprint
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Millee Tibbs:

Love Notes from the Road (XO) / 2012 / archival digital print
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Millee Tibbs:

Love Notes from the Road (Hold Me) / 2012 / archival digital print
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Britta Urness:

Feats of Strength and Some Green-Eyed Lookalike / 2012 / graphite on paper
RYAN STANDFEST b3: blooms / bugs / beasts
Alison Wong:

Luck Lost / 2012 / oil, graphite on canvas
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Alison Wong:

Luck Lost (detail) / 2012 / oil, graphite on canvas
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Alison Wong:

Welcome Party / 2013 / colored pencil, gouache on panel
RYAN STANDFEST b3: blooms / bugs / beasts
Alison Wong:

Welcome Party / 2013 / colored pencil, gouache on panel
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