Arts preview: Labor and leisure

Jim Fischer
Jordin Caudill: "Narrow No. 1"

Kali Zermeno and Jordin Caudill share a studio space at Millworks Art Studios on the East Side. The CCAD graduates share a common history as well, both having grown up in the Apple Valley Resort community in Knox County, Ohio.

All of those pieces of commonality helped shape their current two-woman show at Milo-Grogan's Corrugate Studio Collective & Gallery.

"Kali and I both grew up in the same small lake community known as Apple Valley. We spent summers on boats, going to the beach and to cookouts, and hanging out with friends. But the larger community we were living in was very much a community of blue-collar manufacturers," Caudill said. "There's this point in time in both our lives that we've been able to draw inspiration from to comment on this contrast between the laboring individual and the life of leisure they strive to possess."

The show is titled "Sutton"; Sutton Beach is one of three beaches on the lake at Apple Valley.

"I believe we both set out to make these new bodies of work for this show specifically, but the theme of the show didn't come until later," Caudill said. "We both had some pieces in process when we started discussing what our similarities and differences in the work were, and out of that came labor and leisure."

"We realized we were each similarly using certain textures and materials with the same mental approach, and this, along with our parallel viewpoints on labor [and] leisure, was the fuel for each body of work," Zermeno said. "We knew we wanted to display these conversations in one place."

The installation is experimental and industrial. The experiments often involved both artists in-studio, with concepts evolving via an active critique process. Both artists opted for construction-type materials.

"I knew that I wanted the work to be sculptural and tactile," Caudill said. "All of [my] works in the show are made from insulation foam and coated in popcorn ceiling texture and aqua resin - very industrial materials, but also home DIY materials at the same time."

"[My] focus remained on the blue-collar industry and the psychological reasoning for 'a vacation' - the normative relationship between reward and labor," Zermeno said."Concrete, wood, plaster [and]'hazard or work'-related colors all signal caution or warnings in a work-related context.I wanted to pull them out of this sphere and into therealm of what you aim to achieve after the hard work is over."

Corrugate Studio Collective & Gallery

Through Dec. 31

1170 Corrugated Way, Milo-Grogan