The Cleve Carney Art Gallery presents “Base Materials,” a solo exhibition of work by artist Garry Noland, based both in Kansas City, Missouri. Featuring two-dimensional and sculptural work, the show will include a full wall-length version of If your six year old saw something like this would he know how to phone for help?, containing never-before-seen elements of the ongoing installation piece produced from the April 1972 issue of National Geographic Magazine.
Active since 1980, Noland is well-known for using reclaimed material to produce abstract works, which at first glance belie their complexity. Often using large pieces of polystyrene dredged from lakes nearby his native Kansas City, Noland transforms the corroded material with glass marbles and metallic tape. Through these materials, Noland questions the conventional tools used to create art, and in doing so also contests the dominant cultural narratives of our time.