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November 9th 2013 - Gustav Hamilton & Nick Vest Other products by Bracker's Good Earth Clays, Inc.

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On their joint Second Saturday, these talented hand builders will share several different techniques that each uses to create their art.

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GUSTAV HAMILTON
Growing up in a conservative, Midwestern town, in a middle-class neighborhood I was able to observe the ways that we attempt to confirm our significance within the culture. The stereotypical "All American" family seemed to be everywhere; the most important things in life were who had the best-looking car, lawn, or wife. My current work deals with the material culture of gender while questioning and acknowledging the value systems possessed by many people, specifically the masculine culture of the Midwest. I build sculptures with clearly identifiable objects like boat motors, lawn mowers, picket fences, and fake grass. All of the items I use in my work have been selected because I feel they are often used as trophies or status symbols. I present the stereotypical signifiers of "The American Dream" in an effort to encourage a reconsideration of the value we place on these objects in relationship to status, progress, and masculinity.

~ Gustav Hamilton

NICK VEST
[Selected] thoughts on my work: (4/30/13) Duchamp said late in his career that he "no longer believe[d] in Art, only in Artists." I believe in the much maligned commercial art world as a support for Artists. Art is a constant state of mind, an open questioning outlook on personal experience. Selling art, or being paid to make it, is a rare source of necessary economic income that allows an artist to stay in that mindset while providing for themselves. That being said I believe art is infinitely more powerful outside of the commercial art setting. Therein lies the artistic compromise. (12/25/12) My work is often about mining the mundane and re-contextualizing everyday objects. I make decisions to lessen the prestige of my fictional, made objects and exalt discarded bits of reality. I make out of a compulsion to filter and comment on my surroundings, but not everything is given verbatim. Composition takes precedent over any subject matter not poised enough to take the reign.

~ Nick Vest

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