With equal parts comedy and tragedy the uncomfortable objects Nathan Lynch makes question our best efforts and reveal our frequent miscalculations. Inspired by half- finished housing developments, failed resolutions, canceled Pentagon projects, and D.I.Y. electricians he creates sculptures that showcase the potential futility in our efforts. At all levels of our life, we are in constant pursuit of the best solutions, from personal fitness and desktop applications to the national political debate. By re-modeling this idealism Lynch’s work questions our value systems, revealing ironic, contradictory and embarrassing cultural narratives.
Nathan Lynch was raised in Pasco, WA, an agricultural community in the shadow of Hanford Nuclear Power Plant. The futility of this environmental contradiction gave Lynch an acute sense of location and deep appreciation for irony. In the five formative years after graduation Lynch worked as the prop master for a local community theatre, the effects of which are still being realized in his current body of work. His concerns for political conflict and environmental upheaval are filtered through notions of absurdity, hand fabrication and the dramatic devices of storytelling. As a sculptor and performance artist, Lynch has made collaboration and experimentation major components of his practice. Recent projects include Dead Reckoning for Bay Area Now at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, a residency with the Exploratorium and a reinterpretation of David Ireland’s Dumballs for Southern Exposure’s anniversary show, The Long Conversation. At the University of Southern California Lynch studied with Ken Price, and later earned an MFA at Mills College with Ron Nagle. Lynch is an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Ceramics Program at California College of the Arts. He is represented by Rena Bransten Projects. More information about Nathan Lynch can be found at www.nathanlynch.com.