On View January 25 - March 2, 2013
Friday, January 25, 2013
6:30 – 8:30 PM, Artist talks at 6 PM
Present Tense brings together the work of six artists using sculpture, video and photography to explore personal narratives that vary in topics from gathering resources from loved ones and managing the physical residue of past relationships to questioning luxury-driven consumerism. The works rely on the shared vocabulary of gender and together express moments of confusion and clarity as the artists navigate the balance between the seemingly concrete yet rapidly shifting position of their assumed societal roles. Present Tense will feature new works by Shannon Duncan, Rosine Kouamen, Emily Peacock, Britt Ragsdale, Arnea Williams and Sapphire Williams.
Carrie Cook and Abi Semtner both find consolation in the country music they grew up with. Doing It Like Dolly Does… How Does Dolly Do It meditates on the role that loss and memory play in this music and has played in their personal developments. With both humor and seriousness of heart, Cook and Semtner consider Dolly Parton to be a guide in this effort. Working separately, they both use a soundtrack of Parton’s songs to investigate their own histories of loss.
Dan Rule works mainly in drawing, prints, animation and video. The prints and animations in the exhibition Neutral Ground share an initial interest and further tangential exploration in the word "Neutral Ground"; the evocative term for road medians in New Orleans. Immediately upon arriving to the city, Rule was struck by the term and saw it as humorously descriptive. Here the middle ground was accurately termed as the safe haven between two opposing factions of traffic. It was also a space for small sections of 'nature' made neutral by both their general acceptability and innocuousness. By living in the city longer, more associations and relationships with the term have informed Rule’s recent work, including historical, war-related connotations, giving him an interest in depicting a squishing of temporal changes into the same, shared physical space. The isolation of objects and concepts in art institutions, where the 'white cube' separates reality, creates an actual neutral ground.
Rivers of Our Vision exhibits new work by Austin-based artist Xochi Solis. Constructed from a variety of media, Solis uses found imagery, vinyl, plastics, paint and colored paper to create large site-specific paintings with repeated ellipses and gestural paint strokes. Solis positions the nuances of transitory emotional states as central to her current body of work. Fascinated by the universal claims of love and loss in popular music, she contemplates desire, disappointment and love: “I let each work remark upon a private narrative, focusing on the personal navigation of an emotional state,” Solis comments, “It is a curious notion that any given circumstance can emotionally affect a group of people in a disparity of ways or, perhaps even more curious, in identical ways.” Extending the experiential impact of the exhibition’s large-scale wall paintings, Solis invites the public to use the exhibition as a backdrop for a listening and lyric reading: Record Swap party hosted Saturday, February 16, 12-4 PM. Solis intends to build resonances between the color and construction of the installation with events and experiences.
Rivers of Our Vision aims to create an enveloping environment, creating a viewing space for meditating on feelings and the unity and isolation felt from daily existence.
Human Hamster Wheel comments on the confines of urban living and the habitual, repetitive, sometimes futile, nature of human psychologies and activities which expend vast amounts of energy but in the end go nowhere. The piece serves as a static, interactive, and performative sculpture. Ciosek encourages attendees to Lawndale Art Center’s openings and local performance artists to take a walk on the wheel. Human Hamster Wheel is part of the artist’s Icon and Symbology series which explores meaning via iconic figurative objects, materials, and reinterpretation of traditional symbols.
On January 25, 2013, 6:30-8:30 PM, C. Kleinhans will stage a peformance titled Flickering, Fleeting and Fast.