Soft Jaw

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Closing Reception at Flatland Gallery, October 12th, 2018 | 6:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.

“Soft Jaw” an exhibition of new video and sculpture by Alex Goss

Dance Performance Choreographed by Jacquelyne Boe | 7:30pm

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In manufacturing, a soft jaw is a workholding method, a clamp used in the fabrication of customized parts. This inverted shape holds the desired part in place during machining. Although these specialized tools are unseen by-products, they are crucial in the production of more functional objects that occupy space in our daily lives.

Similarly, in Soft Jaw, an exhibition of new video and sculpture at Flatland Gallery, Alex Goss draws attention to the mysterious, and often discarded residue around things.

The work in Soft Jaw explores inhabitable channels within our contemporary landscape dominated by machines.

Through the lens of fantasy, Goss imagines tools enchanted by technology. Small creatures carved from hard materials like aluminum and plastic appear softened and stretched, as if reaching out for each other. In the video, a chimeric relationship between a machine and its operator set the stage for an unexpected ecosystem to emerge. 

In Soft Jaw, these residues are transmuted as bridges; brewed from otherworldliness, the “living” and the “machine” are bound by a kindred dialect. This project continues Alex Goss’s ongoing conversations with machines to explore the subversive pull we experience from our expanding relationship with, or dependence on, technology. 

The closing reception of Soft Jaw will feature an original dance work by Jacquelyne Boe in collaboration with composer Jeremy Nuncio. A series of solos, duets and trios, inspired by and in conversation with the installation is site specific to Flatland Gallery.

Soft Jaw is a project made possible by The Idea Fund, a grant supported by the partnership of DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show, and Project Row Houses and funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Flatland Gallery team consists of programming and social experiences by project director Rebecca Friday, guest curator David Janesko, and owner Dan Fergus.

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“Soft Jaw” an Exhibition of New Video and Sculpture by Alex Goss

Closing Reception at Flatland Gallery, October 12th, 2018 | 6:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.

Dance Performance Choreographed by Jacquelyne Boe | 7:30pm

Suggested Performance Donation $10

Location - 1709 Westheimer Rd Houston, Texas 77098

About Alex Goss

Alex Goss (b. 1991, Houston, TX) received a BFA from the Cooper Union in New York City. After attending a residency at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Goss returned to Houston to learn from its manufacturing trades in the energy and medical fields, where he immersed himself in the language of industry and infrastructure; he currently fabricates industrial grade 3D printers and medical devices. Goss has held solo exhibitions in New York, Baltimore, and Houston. Goss is a co-organizer of Moonmist, an artist-run project space in Houston, Texas.

About Jacquelyne Boe

Boe is a Houston based professional dancer, choreographer and educator interested in personal growth and development through arts. Boe is a critically acclaimed dance maker that has been creating original works since 2014.

 About Jeremy Nuncio

 Jeremy Nuncio is a pianist and composer whose musical infinity lies in the contemporary minimal and improvisational music; both Western and non-Western. Fascinated with the tonal possibilities of various forms of synthesis, Jeremy began his pursuit into the field of sound design.