Established Gallery is pleased to present A Lot of Moving Parts by Stuart Lantry. This is the artists second solo show with Established Gallery. We will be holding an opening reception on June 4th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Established gallery is open by appointment Sunday thru Friday with public hours from 12pm – 6pm on Saturdays. We take the safety of our guests very seriously, masks are required at all times when inside the gallery.
Daily habits, routines and surroundings shape both who we are and how we define ourselves more than our culturally-held conception of free will would let us admit. In many circumstances, our thoughts, emotions and sense of self are dictated by our environment. The pandemic made this truth unavoidable. Quarantined alone with our normal routines completely uprooted, the past year forced everyone to confront their own relationship with themselves as well as mortality, risk and our own lack of autonomy. For many the question emerged: how do we create meaning when the world feels suspended in a holding pattern?
For the past year, Stuart Lantry has been working on several projects that explore this relationship between routine and an emergent sense of self and, thereby, meaning. In one installation, Lantry has animated aspects of his daily life in a Rube Goldberg-like kinetic wall piece. Every action pushes or pulls on another in an interconnected looping chain reaction. Another installation attempts to capture the artist’s consciousness with a series of steel recreations of Post-it notes. The work in “A Lot of Moving Parts” presents the viewer with absurd alternative models of a “self” and self-portraiture, not as a singular point or image, but as a diffuse interconnected webs of multiple competing “selves.”
Bio: Stuart Lantry makes sculptures, drawings and videos that offer absurd meditations on how we create meaning from our everyday life. Lantry received his MFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2016, and his BA magna cum laude with high honors in Studio Art from Dartmouth College in 2012. His work has been shown across the U.S. with exhibitions in New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Providence and New Hampshire. Stuart currently lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.