Vorgeschichte: ut a chao
From his statement:
“The German word Vorgeschichte can be translated directly to “Prehistory” and is also synonymous with the creation myth and the start of the universe. Ut a chao translates from Latin to “from order to chaos”. We usually hear the term “from chaos to order”; which is valid in its own right. Throughout history there has been a series of patterns. From chaos to order, and from order to chaos. This occurrence holds true in all aspects of life (physically, metaphorically and sociologically). Societal examples would be that of nation states merging into unions and vise versa.
Complete order is authoritarian, complete chaos is destructive. Moderate amounts of the two is beneficial. Some order creates structure; while some chaos creates a level of unpredictability. The human condition tends to seek a middle path. “
Kench Lott is an American artist residing in Savannah, Georgia. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Savannah State University and a Master of Fine Arts at Georgia Southern University. Primarily a three-dimensional artist, he creates art across many disciplines. His work challenges the viewer’s sense of space and depth. Lott makes structures from multiple sketches previously laid out on graph paper. These structures involve space and depth and often the illusion of plane. These structures emulate the sketches in real space. The process of sketching is as just important as the metal work itself because the ideas start as sketches.
Artists like Kurt Schwitters used the interior as a base for his forms; Lott uses the interior architecture to complete the forms. His installations act as a catalyst to focus a viewer’s attention to that which is directly in their field of view. The structures are visually confusing and sometimes create impossible visual-paradoxes that must be studied and contemplated by the viewer. In the similar way that religious symbolism may cause a reader to go into a contemplative state; Lott wants the viewer to have a similar visual experience.
Vorgeschichte: ut a chao is on display from September 19th – 21st 2019 and may be seen during Sulfur Studios’ regular business hours Thursday through Saturday from noon – 5PM or by appointment.