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Faring Well: Megan Carney

“Faring Well”: Megan Carney

Opening Reception: Friday, February 21, 2014, 7-11 pm
Exhibition: February 21 – March 15, 2014
Gallery Hours: Saturdays 12-5 pm or by appointment

Teetering between the two- and three-dimensional, Faring Well is a study of memory and imagination through the use of structure, space, color and form. Through built photographs and sculpture, the translation of an imagined world to reality clashes and interacts with the reconstruction of memory.

Here, objects are divorced from their contexts and transfigured into artifacts, voided of meaning through the removal of their touch points to the everyday world.

This decontextualization occurs throughout the work on different scales, from the subject of the photographs, to the sculptural treatment of the photographs themselves, to the experience of the space, where suddenly bright color and idiosyncratic form is king.

In this work, experiments with the sculptural capacity of the photograph explore the uncanny nature of memory and imagination—the reconstruction of remembered experience and the construction of invented space. As a whole, the range of dimensional pieces builds a curated physical space that questions and challenges its own nature.

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If You Go Then You Go It Alone: Lindsay Palmer

If You Go Then You Go It Alone: Lindsay Palmer
Opening Reception: Friday, January 10, 2014, 7-10 pm
Exhibition: January 10 – January 25, 2014
Gallery Hours: Saturdays 12-5 pm or by appointment

The configuration of maps mirrors the way that we have divided up our human bodies. The process of understanding is the main function of maps. Much as gender does to the human body, contemporary maps have taken what for centuries humans were only able to speculate over, and turned it into an easily accessible grid of knowable symbols and signifiers. This grid becomes sedimented into experience, assumed to be a map of reality rather than an arbitrary representation. Palmer is interested in people that traverse or break down these barriers and continue to redefine what we think we know about what it is to be a woman. “If You Go Then You Go It Alone” is about a group of these women, who sailed over and through such barriers, both real and imagined. Palmer honors these pioneers, and attempts to reflect on new ways in which we continue their journey today.

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Mutations of Progress: Maria Hansen

RooftopsMutations of Progress: Maria Hansen

December 6 through December 21, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday, December 6, 2013, 7-11 pm

Gallery Hours: Wednesdays & Saturdays 12-5 pm

(We will be closed from December 22nd to January 5th)

In this body of work Hansen explores the aftermath of collapse- industrial, socio-economical, natural and personal disasters. She captures snapshots of these scenarios with a heavy emphasis on the architecture of the environment. Some are inspired from real life, some are fictional, and others are amalgamations of the two. By choosing to work in a watercolor medium, she is able to create a color palette that both conveys nostalgia and develops a sharp contrast between the vibrancy of life and the dullness of loss.

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This project is funded and supported in part by a grant from the

Texas Comission on the Arts and the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division.