Wayfarers is ever so proud to present: The Golden Age of Souvenirs, a beautiful installation of new work by our first summer artist in residence, John Orth.
    The installation John Orth has developed as the culmination of his residency at Wayfarers focuses on the idea that the objects we collect reflect and sometimes inform our emotional lives. The Golden Age of Souvenirs is inspired by four miniature clay figures and a pipe cleaner peacock that occupied a shelf beside Orth's bed for the last couple years. The figures depict the servant class of British Colonial India.  In their current state, the brittle figures are missing limbs and one his head, but they still hold the objects of their service: a gentleman's hat, a fan, a pack of cigarettes, a broom, a cluster of oranges. The peacock, a symbol of hopefulness and regality, is faded to a ghostly white. Orth expands the narrative of these characters and the objects that inform them, by realizing them in the large, all the while wringing from them the emotions they have absorbed as unwitting observers of his life over the last few years. The installation includes carved composite wood, silk screened prints, and cast plaster citrus. 

    John Orth lives and works in Gainesville, Florida, where he is the director of F.L.A. Gallery and a member of the band Holopaw. Over the last decade he has shown repeatedly with Cinders Gallery. His art practice includes drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, video, and a brief stint in a traveling circus. Please follow him at Rewildingfla on Instagram. 

    Please join us for the opening reception of The Golden Age of Souvenirs on Friday, September 5th from 7 - 10 pm. The exhibition will be on view Sundays from 1 - 5 through September 25th and by appointment. 

    In his first exhibition at Wayfarers, Jonathan Chapline presents a selection 
    of recent paintings collectively titled False Visions. At the heart of the show 
    is the concept of the uncanny, or the sensation produced when something is 
    both familiar and foreign. In his essay “The Uncanny,” Freud attributes this
    phenomenon to repressed childhood memories and traumas that resurface in 
    response to a stimulus, making it only fitting that False Visions positions the 
    home as the seat of its investigations. Cinematic in appearance, the living rooms, 
    bathrooms and backyards in Chapline’s paintings bear a resemblance to things 
    we’ve seen before, but their flattened, implausible spaces and hazy narratives 
    quickly frustrate any real familiarity. 

    Using photos taken on cell phones or screenshots of movies and TV shows 
    watched on a computer, Chapline alters these source images in Photoshop, 
    smoothing and modeling the compositions and adding juicy saturated hues, 
    before creating a final rendering in oil paint. This process not only alludes to the 
    proclivity of our generation to experience the world through the surrogate flat 
    screens of the phone and computer, but it also challenges the verisimilitude of 
    photographs by showing how they can be staged and the ambiguity that results 
    when they are removed from any context. Taken together, Chapline’s domestic 
    subject matter and artistic strategies elucidate the false visions that predominate 
    our lived experiences, and question whether reality just might be the most perfect 
    illusion of all.

    Jonathan Chapline lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, and has exhibited 
    in numerous shows in Brooklyn and Amagansett, New York, as well as in 
    Providence, Rhode Island and Waco, Texas. Born in Savannah, Georgia and 
    raised in Waco, Texas, he holds a BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School 
    of Design, and his curatorial projects include the 2011 exhibition Word Problem 
    at The Active Space in Bushwick. Chapline is also co-founder and blogger at 
    #ffffff Walls, a site that offers an inside look at artists’ studios and their diverse 
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  • Wayfarers is a Brooklyn-based studio program that offers qualifying members private studios, access to a woodshop and a solo-show (or the option to curate a show) in the on-site gallery. 

    There is room for 10-20 members at Wayfarers, and the goal is to keep membership as cheap as possible so we can hand pick really good people making really good work.  We’re hoping to develop a small community of makers who will champion each other and kick each others’ asses.
  • Wayfarers presents 10-12 exhibits a year. They are a combination of curated projects, solo shows by former artists in residence and group shows. All exhibits are free and open to the public 1 pm - 5 pm on Sundays, by appointment or by chance.
  • In addition to shows, Wayfarers also hosts regular critiques, drawing parties, group shows, live music, experimental performances, puppetry projects, readings, video screenings, skillshares and other inventive events.