Garry Noland

My studio practice is multi-disciplinary. The one constant is an openness to rough patches, glitches or mistakes. The presence of edges or boundaries between mistakes establishes immediate contextual and formal relationships. Those abutments mime our interaction with art and with each other.

What goes with what? What happens on either side of the line? What’s good and who decides? Sometimes I am the boss of the material but just as often the material, by virtue of a chance arrangement, for example, will tell me what needs to be done.

These particular works are made of found and reclaimed materials from alleys, side streets and urban dumps. The base materials are combined with new materials. The resulting combination sets up the inevitable dialogue between the new/old: purposeful/accidental and play/toil.

I am at ease with the natural marks and debris left in the foam, for example, in Failed Monument. The opposing sheen and luxurious suggestions of the gold tape against the foam examines just those combinations of new and old, planned and not.

Art puns and mime the systems and appearances we experience in both the non-human and human parts of nature. The oft-quoted role of the free press is "to afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted". Art's first cousin role then is to find the mundane in the grand and the grand in the mundane.

Artspace, Raleigh, NC. 1 Sept - 17 October 2017. With Leigh Suggs.
Transformers. Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts, Melbourne, FLA. Curated by China Marks. Group Show. 17 September - 17 December, 2016.
The Most Beautifulest Thing in the World. Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Chicago, IL.
April 17 - May 20. Essay by Jessica Baran.
New Surfaces. Haw Contemporary, KCMO. June 17 - July 30. Solo.
Ghost. the Luminary, St. Louis, MO. Curated by Sage Dawson. Pop-Up, April, 28, 2016.
Show Me the Love. Rebekah Templeton Contemporary, Phil. PA. In association with
Plug Projects. KCMO. Group show. 3-24 October.
Unorganized Territory. University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art, Cedar Falls, IA. Curated by Darrell Taylor. Sept 28 - Oct 24, 2015. Essay by Lynne Warren.
Kindred Virtuosities: Miki Baird, Garry Noland and Susan White. Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO. Sept. 26-December 22.
Providential. ProjectProject. Omaha, NE. Curated by Joel Damon. W/ Lonnie Potter.
13-27 February.
2014-2015 Charlotte Street Visual Artists Fellow. Fellowship Panel: Bruce Hartman, Director, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS; Danny Orendorff, Curator-in-Residence, Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City, MO; Gilbert Vicario, Chief Curator, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA; Lumi Tan, Assistant Curator, The Kitchen, New York, NY.
The Center is a Moving Target. Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art -Crossroads, Kansas CIty, MO. Curated by Erin Dziedzic. 4 Apr - 1 Aug. Group Show.
Downstream. Garry Noland and Peggy Noland. Beverly, Ft. Gondo Compound for the Arts. St. Louis, MO. 6 June - 5 July.
The Tyranny of Good Taste. Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago, IL. and La Esquina, Kansas City, MO. Curated by Danny Orendorff. November 15, 2013 - January 25; February 7 - March 29. Group Exhibit.
Near Abstractions. Zarrow Gallery, University of Tulsa. April 25 - May 31. Solo.
Floor Samples and Test Patterns. Studios, Inc, Kansas CIty, MO. 8 Nov - 14 Dec. Solo. Essay: Jamilee Polson-Lacy.
ROY G BIV. Columbus, OH. Three artist show with Jackie Brown and Kathleen Thum. 8/3 - 8/31 2013.
Summer Exhibition Series: Construction. Indianapolis Art Center. 6-7-2013 thru 8-3-2013. Curator: Patrick Flaherty
The Unorganized Territory, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE. 22 February - 4 May, 2013. Curator: Hesse McGraw
Concept OK-KC. La Esquina, Kansas City, MO. Curated by Jamilee Polson. March 15 thru April 20 2013
Concept OK-KC. Curated by Liza Statton. Hardesty Art Center, Tulsa, OK 12/16/2012 thru 2/16/2013.
Resident Artists Group Show. The Studios, Inc. Kansas City, MO. 7 Dec. 2012 thru 8 Feb. 2013.
Curatorial Studies. Curated by Ayla Rexroth. Subterranean Gallery. Kansas City, MO 11/02/2012 thru 11/30/2012. Group show.

Complete CV to 1980 available upon request: