" Our work address themes of faith, myth, and ritual. We investigate the complex connection between spirituality and the material world.
We have over the last several years sought to construct a proposition, both in title and form, about the power and paradox of everyday objects: namely, that they elicit the same feelings of intimacy and religious connection that relics produce when they act as channels for the faith of the believer. Our work seeks to capture the humor and beauty embodied in this process of transfiguration, as the mass -produced objects of our daily lives travel the great semantic distance from trash to holy artifact.
In our current series, now in progress, titled Will you Still Know Me Tomorrow, we explore the related tropes of isolation and belonging in contemporary culture, shifting concepts of mortality and the function of memory in an increasingly global yet ever more fragmented world. We play irreverently with the fragile line between the primitive and modern, sacred and the profane the precious and the kitsch; we craft ceremonial objects—shinning, transcendent, space-age relics—from the throw away artifacts and superficial images that frame our lives.
In this exploration, the role of materiality takes on a heightened significance. The sensual weight of metal, concrete, and wood, and the dramatic clash produced as it interacts with the deviant semantic play of each sculptural object, is the key to the balancing act that is the achievement of our work. "
Yarisal & Kublitz
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