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Aili Schmeltz
updated: 03/05/2013
website: www.ailischmeltz.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Metal Macrame
Mirror Rock (photographed here in Joshua Tree, CA)
Graphite Kilim
Cross Cut
How Strange It Is To Be Anything At All (For X)
Graphite Rock
Spire
Specimen
Lets Float From Future to Future!
Wishing Well
Hollywood Set
Santa Anna Fire Agate
Study For Graphite Sculpture II
Study For Graphite Sculpture I
Mount Lee for Leena
 
Portfolio Keywords:  conceptual, architecture, optical, collage, geometric, pattern, landscape, process, abstract, obsessive
 
 
Metal Macrame by Aili Schmeltz
Metal Macrame
graphite on paper
2013
96 " x  60 " 
Mirror Rock (photographed here in Joshua Tree, CA) by Aili Schmeltz
Mirror Rock (photographed here in Joshua Tree, CA)
mirrored formica, styrofoam, foam core
2012
38 " x  49 "  x 46 " 
Graphite Kilim by Aili Schmeltz
Graphite Kilim
graphite on paper
2012
40 " x  30 " 
Cross Cut by Aili Schmeltz
Cross Cut
styrofoam, foam core, pine, latex paint, HCF, recycled hardwood flooring
2011
180" x  108"  x 77" 
How Strange It Is To Be Anything At All (For X) by Aili Schmeltz
How Strange It Is To Be Anything At All (For X)
styrofoam, wood, mirrored styrene, latex paint and HCF
2012
43 " x  28 "  x 41 " 
Graphite Rock by Aili Schmeltz
Graphite Rock
styrofoam, foam core, mirrored formica, graphite, latex paint
2013
62 " x  47 "  x 51 " 
Spire by Aili Schmeltz
Spire
styrofoam, foam core, wood, latex paint, HCF, cement
2011
84" x  87"  x 192" 
Specimen by Aili Schmeltz
Specimen
plexiglass, mirrored plexi glass, foam core, wood, latex paint, recycled hardwood flooring, cardboard
2011
67" x  22"  x 19" 
Lets Float From Future to Future! by Aili Schmeltz
Lets Float From Future to Future!
flashe paint and charcoal on paper
2011
60" x  96" 
Wishing Well by Aili Schmeltz
Wishing Well
flashe paint and charcoal on paper
2011
15" x  24" 
Hollywood Set by Aili Schmeltz
Hollywood Set
flashe paint and charcoal on paper
2011
15" x  22" 
Santa Anna Fire Agate by Aili Schmeltz
Santa Anna Fire Agate
styrofoam, foam core, spray foam, latex paint, enamel paint & wood
2008
52" x  47"  x 38" 
Study For Graphite Sculpture II by Aili Schmeltz
Study For Graphite Sculpture II
graphite on paper
2012
14 " x  17 " 
Study For Graphite Sculpture I by Aili Schmeltz
Study For Graphite Sculpture I
graphite on paper
2012
14 " x  17 " 
Mount Lee for Leena by Aili Schmeltz
Mount Lee for Leena
styrofoam, foam core, wood, latex paint, paper and mirrored plexiglass
2010
51" x  53"  x 57" 

Artist Statement

My current body of work explores the idea that utopia can be considered not only a place or a goal, but also as the very act of striving for such a target. These hybridized structures are materializations, remnants of an ideal that never was and may never be. As fallen monuments to a utopic philosophy, they function as relics of both a “good place” and “no place.” They nod towards a bright future and a fallen past, recontextualizing and recombining materials that are both nostalgic and futuristic. An embedded sense of naiveté is inherent to the objects, formed from a chemical bond of sunshine and noir that was repeatedly cooled and heated by urban temperament and artifice. Part architectural, part fossil, part potential: these works utilize discarded building materials that appear to have crystallized within a ‘natural’ process—strata that have undergone philosophical transformation yet to be fulfilled.

This process of research began with an interest in the history of the midwestern suburban landscape and culture from my youth, where the middle class idea of “the good life” fueled a massive overhaul of the American landscape that would drastically alter how we live for generations to come. This background, combined with my fascination and love/hate relationship with the city of Los Angeles, where I currently live, has lead me to examine mid-century philosophies of utopia and idealism. Los Angeles has a sordid environmental history as a strange apocalyptic theme park. Its plush, manicured landscape is a reminder of both a forced growth in an otherwise desert geography, and as a monument to human ingenuity made possible by diverting an unfathomable amount of water from distant sources. I am captivated by the hybridized structures and blatant artifice of the city in both its natural and man-made environments where hill top homes float precariously overhead on earth that has a topographical complexity of embedded catastrophe.

Artist Bio / CV

Aili Schmeltz is a Los Angeles based artist that earned her MFA from the University of Arizona, holds a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and has exhibited internationally in cities such as New York, Berlin, Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami. She recently had a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, entitled Tomorrowland. Recent grants include the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, The Creative Capacity Fund Grant, The Durfee Foundation Grant and Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant. Schmeltz has also been an artist in residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Sculpture Space, Babayan Culture House (Cappadocia, Turkey) and Takt Kunstprojektraum (Berlin, Germany). For more information visit her web site at ailischmeltz.com.