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Urban Environments:
Colin Keefe and Fabio Fernandez/Tom Lauerman
September 6 - 28, 2013
    Exhibition Statement

For the better part of the last ten years, Colin Keefe, Fabio Fernández, and Tom Laureman have all developed independent artistic practices rooted in architecture and abstraction. Their work challenges our relationships with the built-environment, and how we encounter the details within it. Adopting a critical yet playful attitude, they divert our perceptions of how we move through space, of objects in space, and of preconceived notions that frame and direct our actions and interactions. Keefe states that his work “explores methods for breeding urban environments… without an urban planner as protagonist.”  Similarly, Lauerman states his collaboration with Fernández stems from “spaces, forms, details, and potentialities of constructed space.”


All three artists practice an experimental approach in which their works are continually evolving. A model may present itself as a stand-alone piece or be reborn in the form of a sculpture or drawing. In this sense, the exhibition here has been conceived not as an end in itself, but rather as a stage that would allow these artists to return to certain works and introduce new ideas. This called for maintaining the experimental aspect of the process rather than placing the works in a vacuum. The gallery as structure or system is involved in creating new and unexpected reactions within the artists’ set of concerns.

    Jacque Liu
September 2013
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    All installation photographs courtesy of Jaime Alvarez
    'Urban Environments' Installation view with sculpture by Fabio Fernandez/Tom Lauerman and drawings by Colin Keefe
    Collaborative sculpture by Fabio Fernandez/Tom Lauerman
    Drawings by Colin Keefe
    Fabio Fernandez/Tom Lauerman
    Fabio Fernandez/Tom Lauerman

This September, Grizzly Grizzly is pleased to present ‘Urban Environments’, featuring the work of Philadelphia based artist Colin Keefe and the collaborative work of Fabio Fernández and Tom Lauerman.  The exhibition, consisting of drawings and sculpture, explores systems of architecture, the built environment, and abstraction.

Colin Keefe will exhibit meticulously crafted drawings of fictitious environments that examine urban terrain through organic models.  Using ink on paper, Keefe begins with design principles gathered from diverse sources such as the reproductive processes of plants, the propulsion methods of microorganisms and architectural theory. Keefe states “the resulting images depict cities grown organically, without an “urban planner” as protagonist, based on environmental conditions.”

Fabio J. Fernández and Tom Lauerman will present a collaborative body of work, Sculptures in Love with Architecture(SiLwA).  The works in this exhibition explore architecture from the perspective of two artists interested in “the reductive forms of early modernist constructions.”  They employ an array of techniques ranging from inked lines drawn on a moving train to laser cut wooden parts assembled atop folded paper geometry.  The artists state that “the works illustrate the development of ideas through conversation, repetition, experimentation and practice.”

Fabio J. Fernández (born Montevideo, Uruguay) received an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a B.S. in Business from Seton Hall University.  He has exhibited in the United States and abroad, at such venues as the Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Ferndale, MI, the Poleeni Cultural Center, Pieksämäki, Finland, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, NY. Fabio’s studio practice is based in Boston, MA, where he is also curator at The Society of Arts and Crafts.

Colin Keefe (born Boston, MA) received an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from Washington University.  Recent solo exhibitions include Robert Henry Contemporary, New York, NY, Abington Arts Center, Jenkintown, PA, and RHV Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY.  His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Village Voice, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia City Paper, Toronto Globe and News, LA Times, Sculpture Magazine, and theartblog.  In addition to his studio practice, Keefe has been curating since 1995 – first, as co-director of 57 Hope in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, NY (1995-2001), and currently as co-director of Mount Airy Contemporary Artists Space (2009-present).

Tom Lauerman (born Chicago, IL) received an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from SMU Meadows School of Art.  His work has been recently exhibited in Berlin, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Chicago. He has taken part in a number of artist residencies including the ClayArch Gimhae Museum in South Korea, the Kohler Arts/Industry residency, and Pilchuck Glass School. He is a recipient of the Horizon Award from the American Craft Museum (now Museum of Arts and Design) and an Illinois Arts Council Individual Artist Grant.  He is currently an Assistant Professor at Penn State University.

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