Flatland Gallery presents "Soft Jaw" closing reception
In manufacturing, a soft jaw is a workholding method, a clamp used in the fabrication of customized parts. This inverted shape holds the desired part in place during machining. Although these specialized tools are unseen by-products, they are crucial in the production of more functional objects that occupy space in our daily lives.
Similarly, in "Soft Jaw," an exhibition of new video and sculpture at Flatland Gallery, Alex Goss draws attention to the mysterious, and often discarded residue around things. The work in "Soft Jaw" explores inhabitable channels within our contemporary landscape dominated by machines.
Through the lens of fantasy, Goss imagines tools enchanted by technology. Small creatures carved from hard materials like aluminum and plastic appear softened and stretched, as if reaching out for each other. In the video, a chimeric relationship between a machine and its operator set the stage for an unexpected ecosystem to emerge.
In "Soft Jaw," these residues are transmuted as bridges; brewed from otherworldliness, the “living” and the “machine” are bound by a kindred dialect. This project continues Alex Goss’s ongoing conversations with machines to explore the subversive pull we experience from our expanding relationship with, or dependence on, technology.