TerraForm: Work by Alexandra Phillips, Caleb Taylor, and Gillian Tobin
May 19 - June 24
Opening May 19, 2017 – 6-9pm
PLUG Projects presents TerraForm, an exhibition featuring artists Alexandra Phillips, Caleb Taylor, and Gillian Tobin. Originating within the realm of science fiction, the term terraform refers to the theoretical alteration of a planet’s atmosphere in order to support and sustain life. Literally translated to earth shaping, this act of repurposing through careful restructuring allows for the organic to thrive. The sculptures, paintings, and collages in TerraForm seek a deeper analysis of these modifications performed by humans through methods of architecture, excavation, and language.
Alexandra Phillips lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
Caleb Taylor is a 2010 Charlotte Street Foundation Fellow whose practice freely navigates the disciplines of painting, drawing, collage, and sculpture. He is the recipient of the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant, and has completed residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Urban Culture Project, and Ucross Foundation. Additional awards include a 2009 ArtsKC Inspiration Grant and a ThinkTank Emerging Educator Fellowship. His paintings and drawings are published in New American Painting and have been exhibited at numerous venues including the Nerman MoCA, Grand Arts (KC), CUE Art Foundation (NY), and Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art. Taylor’s work is collected nationally and is included in the public collections of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, KU Medical Center, and Polsinelli Law Firm (KC). He received his MFA in painting from Montana State University-Bozeman (2008) and his BFA from Northwest Missouri State University (2004).
Gillian Tobin is a Kansas City–based artist who received her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014 and her BFA in painting and art history from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2009. Her practice is driven by material experimentation with a focus on the uncanny nature of made objects.