Seth Papac | Cali Condensation
May 30 – June 21, 2015
‘Seth Papac’s work reveals us as equals to it. It exposes our bodies as mere walls and structure. It cloaks us in personhood. It allows us to try on our yearning for it. Each piece elicits anesthetized sensations hazily tied together: recollections never experienced, desire found wanting, impotent Freudian dreams, and lush landscapes made barren. A sense of shame goes hand-in-hand with a sense of allure and a sense of farce. These could not really be the things we love. These could not possibly be tackier. These could not be any more superficial. These could not be more passé. These could not be more beautiful.’ – excerpt from catalogue essay by Ruth Koelewyn
Seth Papac received his BFA in Jewelry/Metalsmithing (2004) from the University of Washington and his MFA in Jewelry/Metalsmithing (2009) from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Seth’s work is exhibited and published in Europe as well as the United States. He is the recipient of a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, a Peter S. Reed Foundation NY, NY grant as well as the Tobey Devan Lewis Fellowship. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR and the Rotasa Foundation, Mill Valley, CA. For the past few years he has been a Lecturer in the Jewelry and Metalwork Department at San Diego State University.