Bertrand Productions, Philadelphia
Bertrand Productions introduces artwork by Aidan Rumack that examines the paradoxical relationship between protecting and entrapping through worldly symbols such as bees, birds, and astronauts. Prominently featured in the center of the booth is Gargoyle, a ten-foot tall multimedia architectural sculpture. Gargoyle forces the viewer to peer through radiant lights to reveal a meditating spaceman adorned with a reflective 24k gold helmet. Gargoyle’s spaceman is rendered frozen while floating in an illusionistic white void confronting the viewer’s relationship between humanity and space. Alongside Gargoyle are artworks from Rumack’s Remnants and Extraction series which both prominently focus on the honey bee. Remnants forcefully combines nature and industry by entombing bees in bubble wrap encased in colorful mirrored acrylic. Extraction symbolically combines nature and industry by using reverent bee images rendered with gold luster scratch-off ink used regularly in the production of lottery tickets. Through Gargoyle, Remnants, and Extraction artworks, Rumack confronts the audience with imagery and structures never seen before while blending universal concepts of pollination and colonization.