Middle Stanza – Andrew DeCaen

On View: May 21 – July 25, Vulcan Gallery

MIDDLE STANZA

The Workhouse Arts Center is proud to present Middle Stanza, a solo exhibition by Andrew DeCaen. DeCaen’s artwork centers around the themes of rituals surrounding food and slows down mundane experiences to linger in the smallest moments. Middle Stanza focuses on the idea of hypothetical and sequential time and space though three series of works- the Little Kitchen, Gathering, and Stanza series. During the pandemic, we experience our home and families in new ways. Each series explores the space of a room or stanza in different ways, asking us to contemplate the beautiful and challenging middles spaces and middle times in our lives.

THE ARTIST

Andrew DeCaen is an artist whose work explores the themes of food and eating through the disciplines of drawing, printmaking, and paper sculpture. DeCaen received a BA from the University of Dallas and an MFA from the University of South Dakota. His artworks have been shown broadly in the United States and internationally. His work has been featured in Printmaking Today, Drawing magazine, and 500 Paper Objects. DeCaen lives and works in Denton, Texas where he is an Associate Professor of Art and the Printmaking Program Coordinator at the University of North Texas.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

For the last twenty years, my work has centered around themes of rituals surrounding food. I am interested in slowing down mundane experiences to linger in the smallest moments. Middle Stanza focuses on the idea of hypothetical and sequential time and space through three series of works: the Little Kitchen Situation series, the Gathering series, and the Stanza series. During the pandemic, we are experiencing our homes and our families in new ways. Each series explores the space of a room or stanza in different ways. These works ask us to contemplate the beautiful and challenging middle-spaces and middle-times in our lives.

The Little Kitchen Situation began after I created a 2/3 scale modular kitchen and asked a newlywed couple to act out a series of ordinary kitchen experiences in this awkwardly small space. The series uses the layering inherent in printmaking to explore remnants of time with residual gestures and shifts in lighting. As my models negotiate their space like a dance, the modular kitchen itself moves and changes around them to create a third dynamic character. These images explore the intimacy and awkwardness of familiar experiences while asking fundamental questions about who we are. The Stanza series imagines the same couple, now with two small children in rooms that remember the flattened spaces of architectural elevation drawings. These life-sized kitchens relate a very limited sense of depth through overlapping flat forms and smudgy shifts in tone.

The Gathering series explores the situation of an extended family gathering around a meal. Each variation of the image explores the relationships of both those present and those missing. The series was conceived as traditional prints, but soon became the source for the sculptural works that take the form of holiday party “poppers” and a series of collage works that expand on the tension of narrative fragments.

For purchase inquiries, please contact Gallery Manager, Audrey Miller at audreymiller@workhousearts.org or (703) 584-2911.

Double Conjunction, 2015

Sculptural Print

14 in x 12 in x 5 in

$1,500

Gather I, 2018

Lithograph

6 in x 11 in, paper: 11 in x 15 in

$600

Gather II, 2018

Lithograph

6 in x 11 in, paper: 11 in x 15 in

$600

Gather III, 2018

Lithograph

6 in x 11 in, paper: 11 in x 15 in

$600

Gather IV, 2018

Lithograph

6 in x 11 in, paper: 11 in x 15 in

$600

Gather V, 2018

Lithograph

6 in x 11 in, paper: 11 in x 15 in

$600

Gather VI, 2018

Lithograph

6 in x 11 in, paper: 11 in x 15 in

$600

Gather VII, 2018

Lithograph Collage

6 in x 11 in, paper: 11 in x 15 in

$600

Gather VIII, 2018

Lithograph Collage

6 in x 10 in, paper: 11 in x 15 in

$600

Gather IX, 2018

Lithograph Collage

6 in x 10 in, paper: 11 in x 15 in

$600

Gather XI, 2018

Lithograph Collage

6 in x 10 in, paper: 11 in x 15 in

$600

Gather XIV, 2018

Lithograph Collage

6 in x 7 in, paper: 11 in x 11 in

$600

Gather XV, 2018

Lithograph Collage

5.5 in x 7.75 in, paper: 11 in x12 in

$600

Gather XVI, 2018

Lithograph Collage

5.5 in x 6 in, paper: 11 in x 10 in

$600

Gather XVII, 2018

Lithograph Collage

4.5 in x 6 in, paper: 11 in x 8.25 in

$600

Gather XVIII, 2018

Lithograph Collage

6 in x 4.5 in, paper: 11 in x 8.5 in

$600

Gather XX, 2018

Lithograph Collage

6 in x 10 in, paper: 11 in x 15 in

$600

Inevitable Object I, 2018

Lithograph Collage

16 in x 20 in x 3 in

$1,200

Little Kitchen, 2017

Paper Sculpture

14 in x 16 in x 16 in

$1,500

Little Kitchen Situation 1, 2020

Lithography, Screen Pringing

27 in x 22 in

$1,500

Little Kitchen Situation 2, 2020

Lithography, Screen Pringing

27 in x 22 in

$1,500

Little Kitchen Situation 3, 2020

Lithography, Screen Pringing

27 in x 22 in

$1,500

Little Kitchen Situation 4, 2020

Lithography, Screen Pringing

27 in x 22 in

$1,500

Little Kitchen Situation 5, 2020

Lithography, Screen Pringing

27 in x 22 in

$1,500

Little Kitchen Situation 6, 2020

Lithography, Screen Pringing

27 in x 22 in

$1,500

Little Kitchen Situation 7 by Andrew DeCaen

Little Kitchen Situation 7, 2020

Lithography, Screen Pringing

27 in x 22 in

$1,500

Little Kitchen Situation 8 by Andrew DeCaen

Little Kitchen Situation 8, 2020

Lithography, Screen Pringing

27 in x 22 in

$1,500

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