You Fit into Me: Works by David Carpenter and Lindsey Maestri

6/4/2010

You Fit into Me: Works by David Carpenter and Lindsey Maestri

June 11 – September 5, 2010

Second Floor Gallery

Opening reception June 11, 5 – 8 pm, in conjunction with 2nd Friday Art Night

You Fit into Me features two sculptors born in Arkansas, completing their Masters of Fine Arts degrees at Louisiana State University.  David Carpenter and Lindsey Maestri both create contemporary sculptures marked by bold interplays of materials. With his work, Carpenter questions what it is to be a man; while Maestri creates un-wearable clothing that highlight some of our most human gestures.

David Carpenter was born in Little Rock and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Central Arkansas in 2004. Since 2004, he has exhibited nationally, with public works on display in both Arkansas and Minnesota, where he was an Intern in Arts Resident at Franconia Sculpture Park. In 2009, he was part of a Louisiana-based collective which collaborated with the Irish art collective, Expanded Draft, to create the exhibition “00:3D” for the Galway Contemporary Arts Center. He will graduate with his Masters of Fine Arts at Louisiana State University this August. Of his work, Carpenter states, “I often create tension to provoke questions of control and conflict. I find this conversation captivating; I feel to struggle and fight is inherently human. Even if the fight is futile, the things with which we struggle define who we are.”

            Lindsey Maestri is from Fayetteville and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Arkansas in 2005. In 2004, she attended Sotheby’s Art Institute of London Contemporary Art History Summer Program. This May, she completed a Masters of Fine Arts at Louisiana State University. Maestri has been teaching art for the past four years and has exhibited extensively throughout the South. Lindsey Maestri’s recent garments “contain, heighten, or limit movements.” These contradictory clothes call into question comfort and reveal the way some simple, repetitive actions have double meanings. Maestri looks for these basic and very human “actions that are tender, a word that can mean both aching pain and gentle care,” and unpacks their general meanings. She explains, “The action of rocking, for example, is something that is considered sweet and soothing when offered from mother to child, but the idea of an adult steadily rocking to and fro evokes an image of the mentally unstable.”