Mayeur Projects is particularly happy to welcome “Tin Man, Slabs, and My Father’s House”, Stuart Arends’s 1st show in New Mexico for a while, and 1st show in Las Vegas for sure. This show is made of recent work and we are proud of that.
After visiting Stuart’s house, off grid in the middle of nowhere but immersed in bright light, we thought that our main space would be typically the House of light that makes the experience of Stuart’s work intense, astonishing, ever changing. Let’s discover the intense mass of works. Metal, Wood, Wax. Colored. Polished. Heavy and dense objects born from the hands of the silversmith. Objects of density. The material shines and suggests. A concentration of sensation and feeling, distant seemingly of the artist as active subject.
As French people, we highly appreciate the commitment of the artist curious about Italy of the early Renaissance: Stu Arends encountered physically Giotto and Piero Della Francesca at their home, in Italy, in the physical relationship with the works – Who emerges unscathed from such meetings? He looked for their physical presence, he met them more than he looked at them. I like to imagine Stuart in their century. The same ability to integrate the chromatic distance and the geometry into compositions which finally concentrate the experience of the world.
But Stuart Arends is living in another century. It is now possible to live far and close at the same time. The retreat is possible while staying connected to the World. Either the encounter is experienced in the artist’s studio, far from the crowded world, or in the gallery, in Italy or in las Vegas New Mexico, with the gentleness of the artist who thinks, who laughs, who concentrates, who connects, who makes sensitive the intellectual experience and makes understandable the sensitive experience, through the encounter with his works – Who humbly puts himself set back from the irradiant works, strong of their own power, but of which we feel that a gesture, a look, a curiosity, an amusement, a very human memory were alive altogether in their birth, in their slow construction and in their completion.