Silas Finch is a storyteller that prefers not to speak, an immortalizer of the objects he is obsessed with collecting. The son of an antiques restorer and dealer, he is entirely self-taught in his artistic practice. For Silas, the greatest challenge in sculpture is to be simple, “to strip something down to its last component.” He looks for a story inside the materials he chooses, and his journeys for objects take him deep into the recesses of human culture and natural history. Abandoned carnival shelving and hinges become birds in flight over a cloudy seaside landscape. A World War II parachute is pinned into form to project a 20 foot-long wearable dress. The footbeds of antique high-heeled shoes are painstakingly inlaid with wild thorns. “I’m more influenced by the art of craftsmanship, something that I feel has gotten lost in the pop culture of today.” His methods of assembly often predate welding or adhesives. “I prefer to find a natural connection, a cold connection [between objects], a balance between the two.” Open to all materials and knowledge, he doesn’t paint objects, but manipulates their texture and shade using varnish and urethane. Viewing his sculptures, we are reminded of the multiple narratives that life suggests and the stories that every object silently contains.

 

Studies

Self-Taught

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2015 : Sculpture, DaSilva Gallery, New Haven, CT

2015 : Unison, Woodman/Shimko Gallery, Provincetown, MA

2014 : Unison, Cassandra Complex Gallery, Provincetown, MA

2014 : Collection, Grove St Studios, New Haven, CT

2013 : Cold Connection, Farm Gallery, Wellfleet, MA

2012 : Silas Finch, de Castellane Gallery, Dennisport, MA

2012 : Eulogy, Helltown Workshop, Provincetown, MA

2011 : Afloat, Christopher C. Brodigan Gallery, Groton, MA

2011 : Works from Found Objects, Keator Gallery Hopkins School, New Haven, CT

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015 : Searching for the Motherload, Woodman/Shimko Gallery, Provincetown, MA

2015 : Deft Collective, Retrofit Creations, Carefree, AZ

2015 : Art in the Park, Hungerton Park, New Britain, CT

2015 : Island on the Edge, Atlantic Wharf Gallery, Boston, MA

2015 : One Step Beyond, Fountain House Gallery, New York, NY

2014 : Doll Like, John Slade Ely House Gallery, New Haven, CT

2009-13 : City-Wide Open Studios, Artspace, New Haven, CT

2013 : PURPOSE, MINE ART!, Sandy Hook, CT

2013 : Street Diamonds 2, Fourth Wall Projects Gallery, Boston, MA

2012 : Street Diamonds, Fourth Wall Projects Gallery, Boston, MA

2011 : Art of My Brother Jack, Kehler Liddell Gallery, Westville, CT

2010 : 61ST Annual Art of the Northeast, New Canaan, CT

2009 : 60th Annual Art of the Northeast, New Canaan, CT

 

Commissions

PREY, 1Hotel, South Beach, Miami, FL

Miya’s Ark, Roof Top Installation, Miya’s Sushi, New Haven, CT

Becalmed, Courtyard Installation, The Corsair, New Haven, CT

 

Selected Laurels

2011 : Mudge Fellowship, Groton School, Groton, MA

2010 : Molly & Albert Jacobson Award for Sculpture, Silvermine Art Guild, New Canaan, CT

 

Guest Artist Teaching

Spoon Manipulation, Sedgwick Middle School, West Hartford, CT

Guest Speaker, Hall High School, West Hartford, CT

Guest Speaker, Project More, New Haven, CT

Studio Tour, Branford Public Schools, Branford, CT