Geneviève ATTINGER- Histoires de Femmes


ap-art-ment: about the thing and the thing itself

Pop Up Art House | Henderson Nevada

This exhibition explores ideas of relationality and proximity to objects and others. For the progenitors of ap-art-ment, Cathy Fairbanks and Laura Boles Faw, collaboration is an ongoing conversation concerning the possibilities and potential of collaboration. This has become a more open dialogue as Fairbanks and Boles Faw now work in different cities.
For About the Thing and the Thing Itself, ap-art-ment has created sets of material proxies that reference surrogacy. These proxies are manifest through various forms including sculpture, videos, photographs, and drawings. Since its inception in 2009, ap-art-ment has explored means of production and shared authorship that are charged. Through ideas of “thereness,” boundaries and radical empathy, their newly imposed geographic distance has become a fertile space of inquiry. About the Thing and the Thing Itself will pair work made collaboratively with relevant works from their solo practices, all of which examine where collaborative boundaries lie.
It is apropos that the Pop Up Art House exhibits the latest phase of ap-art-ment’s collaboration. The cultural space that Cathy Fairbanks and Laura Boles Faw investigate resonates with a Las Vegas that stands astride a seam in American culture: proposing the familiar while maintaining a position in the fantastical. For ap-art-ment the Pop Up Art House becomes a boundary where two bodies of work, twice removed from the familiar and made in collaboration but at a distance, meet.
Laura Boles Faw and Cathy Fairbanks of ap-art-ment hold MFA degrees from the San Francisco Art Institute.
Boles Faw’s work focuses on the re-stylization and thus re-definition of visual signifiers. Selected group exhibitions include Adobe Books Parlor, Mission 17, Royal Nonesuch, and Clara Street Projects. Recent solo exhibitions include Propped-Up: A Tale of No(Non)Sense at Ever Gold Gallery and A Love Story for The One. In August of 2011, Boles Faw co-curated the exhibit Over My Dead Body: A Collaborative Installation about Artistic Survival at Root Division Gallery in San Francisco.
Fairbanks’ work, which often communicates a sense of frustrated desires, has been exhibited across the western states. Her work has been seen at Bay Area venues such as Queen’s Nails Annex, The Adobe Books Parlor, and Pueblo Nuevo Gallery. Her first solo exhibit, To Form, traveled to Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska, fall of 2010. She recently completed a residency at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, summer of 2011.