Angus McCullough – Friendmaking
from: 12.12.2018 to: 15.12.2018
SomoS is proud to present the solo exhibition Friendmaking by current Artist-in-Residence, multidisciplinary artist Angus McCullough (NY).
McCullough uses art as an investigative tool to explore existential and civilizational questions in a personal way. In a very open way of artmaking, that goes beyond academic confines and integrates all of life, his techniques may range from video works, writing, assemblage, music, performance, curating, architecture, to spiritual techniques such as lucid dreaming. “Perhaps what is most striking about Angus’ art is the way he embraces traditional skills like carpentry, sewing, basket weaving, boat building, drawing, and collecting and uses them to explore ideas that are both exciting and current,” Michelle Aldredge noted in Gwarlingo Magazine.
The works presented in Friendmaking are part of an ongoing series of anthropomorphic interactive sculptures and installations, titled Temporaries, that move, and produce sound, seeming to communicate with the audience. In his work process, materials brought by the artist from the US meet and converse with material sourced in Berlin. The resulting works express McCullough’s deeply felt and considered philosophical and conceptual approach, that integrates civilizational critique and explores an animistic experience of the world that furthers a spiritual sense of respect and connection to our surroundings. In a world suffocating with useless objects, he believes that by mindfully contemplating the nature of matter and its interactions, we might find deeper ways to connect the natural and constructed world.
McCullough ponders whether there is a threshold where matter moves beyond the sum of its parts, and becomes a being, stating “Can we trace our selfhood back to the chemical and structural interactions that produce a body, or -on a deeper level- our presence?” In Friendmaking, he asks these questions of wood, steel, plastic, paper, candles, inkjet prints, wire, foam, text, speakers, stones, screens, fabric, incense, sound, and, sometimes, visitors. They are considered as a set of participants that gain meaning through relation to one another.
It is in this transcending merger of disparate parts, this alchemical friendmaking that McCullough’s installations offer a contemporary interpretation of an age old concern of literature, religion and magic: the moment of what the alchemists would have called “Beseelung,” of animation, that enables life, as well as the creation of a work of art, that strange embodied object of our fascination.
About Angus McCullough
Angus McCullough is a multidisciplinary artist based in NY, United States. McCullough holds a BA from Wesleyan University, U.S. His work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the US, and several European galleries. He integrates architectural and curatorial projects into his art practice. More information->
Angus McCullough – Friendmaking
December 12th-15th, 2018, 2-7pm, and by appointment
Opening Reception: December 11th 2018, 6-9pm
SomoS, Kottbusser Damm 95, 1OG, 10967 Berlin (U8 Schönleinstrasse)
Angus McCullough’s residency and solo exhibition at SomoS Arts Berlin were made possible in part by the Vermont NY Arts Counsel / The National Endowment for the Arts.