Jake Weigel: Quanta

by - July 01, 2013

Material is excited to announce its one hundred-fifth exhibition, Jake Weigel: Quanta.

Quanta will run from Friday, July 5 through Saturday, July 27.

The exhibition will open with a reception on Friday, July 5 from 6-8pm.

Material is located at 2553 Broad Avenue.

Jake Weigel was born and raised in Marshfield, Wisconsin. He received his BFA in Studio Art from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in 2008 and his MFA in Sculpture from the University of Mississippi in 2013.

Time spent after Weigel’s undergraduate studies included working at the City of Rocks National Reserve in Almo, Idaho and traveling extensively. His explorations covered nearly all of the states west of the Mississippi River, visiting the southern United States and an in-depth look into his home state of Wisconsin. These largely solo expeditions further influenced Weigel’s interest in the relationship between humans and nature, concepts involving landscape as space and the void. In the summer of 2011, Weigel traveled to Europe which further informed his work through various interactions, specifically in Iceland, Sweden and Spain.

Weigel moved to Oxford, Mississippi in 2010 to attend the University of Mississippi where he will be an adjunct instructor this coming year. His previous interests, paired with an interest in multimedia production, allowed him to study new concepts of space through several mediums and technology. He has had art shown nationally and internationally including exhibitions in Minneapolis, New York, United Kingdom, Sweden, Spain and Hungary with art in upcoming group shows at the Duluth Art Institute and the Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle.

In his artist’s statement he writes: “As an artist, I am interested in exploring the space where the physical and immaterial aspects of reality meet. This threshold is a delicate construction of dualities and dynamic elements, which may be impossible to ever fully comprehend. The great void of this unknown is the driving force behind all creative, mystical, alchemical and religious endeavors throughout human history, which seek to alleviate the discomfort of such nature. The art that I create is from a complex development of research and experience into this area of philosophy.”

Material is located at 2553 Broad Avenue. Parking is available on both the north and south sides of Broad Avenue.

About Material: Founded by Hamlett Dobbins and Julie Meiman in late 2004, Material is a 19’ x 16’ exhibition space set in the storefront on Broad Avenue in the Binghamton neighborhood of Memphis. Taking the name from Montessori learning tools, Material was built to provide emerging and established artists with an intimate, clean space in which to share their work with Memphis’ growing arts community. The programming consists of monthly shows as well as artists’ lectures in connection with local colleges and universities. Material has served as a space for young artists to have their first shows, as well as a place for established local and regional artists to test new ideas in a public forum. In addition to serving local artists, Material has hosted artists from Birmingham to Tokyo. Come visit.

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