Twin Kittens
ENERGY PLAN FOR THE HOPEFUL MAN
March 20, 2010 - April 10, 2010


*Photo by Bob Butler

TWIN KITTENS presents “Energy Plan For The Hopeful Man,” an exhibition of new and luminous work by Rusty Wallace.

ATLANTA – Twin Kittens Gallery will present a solo exhibition of Athens, GA - based artist, Rusty Wallace, Mar. 20 - Mar. 30 at the gallery in the 1016 Lofts, near the corner of 10th & Howell Mill. This exhibition will be in conjunction with the Westside Art Walk on Sat. Mar. 20, 11-5 p.m.; a reception in the gallery will follow from 7-10 p.m that evening. On Sunday Mar. 21st, at 2pm, there will be an Artist's Talk / Q&A. The exhibition, reception, and talk are free and open to the public. From Mar. 22 - 30 viewing is by appointment only.

Energy Plan For The Hopeful Man” will feature new sculpture and drawings by the artist.

The work in “Energy Plan For The Hopeful Man” reflects Wallaceʼs long-held interest in ontology, semiotics and meaning, mysticism, and how ideas shift and shape culture and the self. Work in this exhibition is influenced by Kazimir Malevich, Neil Young, Joseph Beuys, Apophatic theology, Paulo Coelho and Gilles Deleuze.

Wallace lays out a few influential ideas present in the work for this exhibition:

“In my work, I employ a highly complex substructure of duality, paradox, conceptual strata and multi-layered references to scaffold the guise of simplicity. In other words, the more you look, the more you see.

A great statement by my favorite artist, Robert Irwin, from his essay The Hidden Structures of Art, is: ʻTo assume that everything can and should reveal itself in terms you are already familiar with is the hallmark of conventional thinking.ʼ

Neil Young in Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black) sings: ʻThereʼs more to the picture than meets the eye.ʼ Heʼs addressing several topics in this song, but namely pointing out that the spirit and desire for human beings to craft change and revolution will never die.

Modern art represented a desire to break from convention and embrace hope, embrace change, and see in new ways. In order to do something so radical, artists had to be willing to go into the unknown. Kazimir Malevich did just that, and in so doing, became an influential artist that continues to inspire artists today.

Joseph Beuys exemplified and proclaimed the potential for aesthetics and art to be an incredible means for positive social and spiritual transformation.

In Paulo Coelhoʼs book The Alchemist, the old man says to the main character, Santiago:
Itʼs a force that appears to be negative, but actually shows you how to realize your Personal
Legend. It prepares your spirit and your will, because there is one great truth on this planet:
whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, itʼs because
that desire originated in the soul of the universe. Itʼs your mission on earth.

And finally, Paulo Coelho simply states, ʻDreams are not negotiable.ʼ

These ideas are but a few glimpses into what Iʼm pursuing in my work. Whether itʼs an art historical reference, an idea in writing or music, a particular material configuration, color relationship, or method of presentation, I seek to point to the ineffable, that which is much larger than myself. Ideas which I am humbled to collaborate with - expansive ideas. Ideas which are antagonistic to autonomy and concision.”

The exhibition title references Joseph Beuysʻ month-long performance piece from 1974 called “Energy Plan for the Western Man.” The image for the exhibition announcement, by Wallace, plays on Joseph Beuysʼ silkscreen print entitled “La Rivoluzione Siamo Noi (We are the Revolution)” from 1972.

For more information, e-mail jeffguy@twinkittens.com or visit www.twinkittens.com.

Special thanks to Rafe at Classic City Neon in Athens, GA, for the custom neon incorporated into work featured in this exhibition.

Rusty Wallace Biography
Rusty Wallace (American, b. 1973), a native of Kentucky, studied art at Georgetown College and The University of Kentucky, focusing on sculpture, drawing, and ceramics. He completed his MFA in studio art at The University of Georgia in 2000. Selected exhibitions include Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards, presented by International Sculpture Center at Grounds for Sculpture, NJ, in 2000, Small Sculpture 2001, at The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Atlanta Biennial 2003, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Ways of Seeing, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, 2008, and AND NOT, work by Rusty Wallace, at UGAʼs Lamar Dodd School of Art, 2008.
Parallel to his own art research, throughout the last decade, Wallace has been a dedicated, conscientious art educator, teaching collegiate art part-time at UGA and full-time at Young Harris College, and was a visiting artist and sculpture professor at Alfred University in 2009. Wallace has lived and worked in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Athens, GA, and North Georgia since 1997. He currently resides in Athens, GA, where he is self-employed and continues to explore semiotics, ontology, art history, philosophy and spirituality in his work. Wallace uses drawing, photography, sculpture, painting and video in his art research.

For more information, visit www.rustywallaceart.com.