Thomas Sayre: Cynefin

Artist Reception on April 20th, 6 - 8 pm

April 20 – May 20, 2017

Barn 4

Barn 4Tar and sealer on white panel, 24 x 36 inches

Thicket 15

Thicket 15, Tar, enamel and sealer on white panel, 48 x 48 inches

Thicket 16

Thicket 16, Tar, enamel and sealer on white panel, 48 x 48 inches

Thicket 18

Thicket 18, Tar and sealer on white panel, 48 x 48 inches

Thicket 19

Thicket 19, Tar and sealer on white panel, 35 x 35 inches

Earthcast 10

Earthcast 10, Reinforced concrete and iron oxide, 32 inch diameter

Earthcast 11

Earthcast 11, Reinforced concrete and iron oxide, 32 inch diameter

Earthcast 12

Earthcast 12, Reinforced concrete and iron oxide, 32 inch diameter

Barn 5

Barn 5, Tar and sealer on white panel, 24 x 36 inches

Barn 7

Barn 7, Tar and sealer on white panel, 24 x 36 inches

Barn 9

Barn 9, Tar and sealer on white panel, 24 x 36 inches

Barn 8

Barn 8, Tar and sealer on white panel, 24 x 36 inches

Barn 10

Barn 10, Tar and sealer on white panel, 24 x 36 inches

Barn 11

Barn 11, Tar and sealer on white panel, 24 x 36 inches

Barn 12

Barn 12, Tar and sealer on white panel, 24 x 36 inches

Barn 13

Barn 13, Tar and sealer on white panel, 24 x 36 inches

Barn 14

Barn 14, Tar and sealer on white panel, 48 x 48 inches

Barn 15

Barn 15, Tar and sealer on white panel, 48 x 96 inches 

Barn 16

Barn 16, Tar and sealer on white panel, 48 x 96 inches 

Barn 17

Barn 17Roofing tar and enamel paint on white masonite panel with acrylic sealer, 84 x 42 inches

Barn 18

Barn 18Roofing tar and enamel paint on white masonite panel with acrylic sealer, 44 x 44 inches

Barn 19

Barn 19, Tar and sealer on white panel, 48 x 48 inches

Barn 20

Barn 20Roofing tar and enamel paint on white masonite panel with acrylic sealer, 66 x 66 inches

Barn 21

Barn 21Tar and sealer on white panel, 60 x 84 inches

Barn 23

Barn 23, Roofing tar and varnish on white masonite panel with acrylic sealer, 24 x 36 inches

Barn 24

Barn 24, Roofing tar and varnish on white masonite panel with acrylic sealer, 24 x 24 inches

Barn 25

Barn 25, Roofing tar and varnish on white masonite panel with acrylic sealer, 24 x 24 inches

Press Release

The title “Cynefin” (pronounced ku-nev-in) references a primal, fierce attachment to a part of the land. The artist himself adheres to this idea, as an observer who has gradually become part of local landscapes throughout the south and beyond. Sayre’s show consists of his “Barn”, “Thicket” and Earthcasting works; each component is grounded in the notion of Cynefin, evoking the relationship between human-made objects and the land from which they have sprung.

 

Sayre presents “Barns” as guardians of the landscape, acting as mediators between the wild and what has been ordered by human ingenuity. Each of the Barn pieces is unique, depicting various stages and vantage points of rural structures as they age, warp, shrink, and crack.

 

Sayre’s process takes center stage in the “Thicket” series; where he creates the experience of the ambiguous beauty of cotton fields with emphatic gestures of acrylic stalks across the constellations of cotton buds. Sayre’s pronounced hand in the “Thicket” pieces also pays homage to the fraught history of human labor and the natural land, and of our need to belong.

 

The Earthcastings are a collaborative process born from the artist’s pursuit to combine, compare, and innovate the relationship between human-made objects and the grain of nature from which they came. Sayre begins by digging molds into the earth with his hands, which he then fills with reinforced concrete to create the castings. His process highlights the importance of sharing control of the piece’s outcome with the earth, which pushes back to create the signature rough, clotted textures of his Earthcastings. From every angle each element of Cynefin engages the viewer with a visceral representation of nature; authentically illustrating the tension and balance that occurs when man collaborates with his surrounding landscape.