DOG is pleased to present MUTUALISM, an exhibition by 10th Floor Studio opening Friday, February 24th from 5 – 8pm. This new body of work imagines a symbiotic relationship between the manufactured and natural worlds through sculpture and digital renderings.
Based in San Francisco, Jerome Tavé and Kyle Lawson of 10th Floor Studio explore this natural and material tension through the fabrication of monolithic aluminum structures. The hollow structures are filled with homegrown mycelium inoculated with antler reishi cultivated in their studio. Over months, limbs of reishi stretch from intentional cracks and cutouts in the metal, dancing to the tune of light and moisture, slowly repossessing the man made structures and transforming them into unrecognizable forms. At their peak in growth, the fruiting bodies are shellacked and preserved for eternity in their metal enclosures. From the artists:
“Our built environments are in stark contrast with the world from which we’ve emerged. Our spaces are becoming more and more sterile, despite the myriad utopian visions in our collective imagination depicting futures where other species of animals, plants, and fungi are thriving within human-built environments.
MUTUALISM is a collection of work that challenges the underlying philosophy of our built environments, which alienate us from other species. We put forth a vision where the brutalist, industrial logic of aluminum is harmonized with the warm chaos of mycelium. The collection provides visions of futures where humanity finds greater integration with the plants, animals and fungi with whom our fates are intertwined.”
In conjunction with the exhibition, join us for a live performance exploring the show concepts with 10th Floor Studio on Friday, March 17th from 7 — 8pm. RSVP to follow.
MUTUALISM, will be on view from February 24th through March 24th, with open hours Wednesday through Saturday 12 – 5p and by appointment.
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