April 27 - May 13
Furen Dai, Nina Earley, Diana Jean Puglisi
Reception: Saturday, May 6th, 2-5pm
Intangible Threads brings together the work of three artists whose mixed-media practices incorporate sewing as a means for the preservation of memory. “Carrying a thread” describes continuity from one idea or passage to the next. Here, we look at this phrase literally and metaphorically, as sewing both fuses parts into a whole, and acts as a tool for maintaining and cultivating tradition. For example, making clothing, quilts, and shelter with needle, thread, and hide or cloth, are historical and monumental ways through which sewing has provided the fabric for settled society. Physically, the in and out pattern of simple stitching repeats as it moves forward, thus referencing its past with each new mark. In this exhibition, Furen Dai, Nina Earley, and Diana Jean Puglisi utilize thread in combination with ceramic, paper, photographic processes, and fiber, in manners that propagate history; both personal, and cultural.
May 18 - June 10
Reception: Saturday, May 20th, 6-9pm
Neon pinks, blues and yellows; lace-like patterns, stickers, metallic leaf, wax, ripped paper and sharpies embellish a band of lost girls. The deeply mysterious mixed media works of Stephanie Todhunter remark on the unique “latchkey kid” experience with sensitivity.
In Lost Girls, Todhunter explores the predominant dichotomies of identity among “Generation X” children. Described as one of the least nurtured generations in recent U.S. History, the “latchkey kids” of the late 1970s and early 80s were expected to be self-reliant, yet remained subject to the vagaries of the adults around them. Todhunter’s dynamic and layered approach to portraiture addresses these issues of simultaneous individuality and homogeneity, invisibility and vulnerability.
June 15 - July 15
Myths and Valor
John Buron, Keith MacLelland & Bill Porter
Reception: Saturday, June 17th, 4-6pm
Myths and Valor explores components of American nostalgia through objects, icons, and stories. Through their displacement or alteration, artists John Buron, Keith MacLelland, and Bill Porter reconsider these components for a fluid contemporary era in which anything seems possible, whether for better or for worse.
One view of mid-20th century America is a golden perception; of contentment, consumerism, and conformism. It was indeed a “booming” time period, the birth of “classic” American visual culture, and a bright, naive dawn that many modes of media ask us to harken back to. In Myths and Valor, John Buron, Keith MacLelland, and Bill Porter examine these origins, question the validity of memory, and address such romanticism with this bygone era. Photographic memorabilia, familiar household fragments, classic comics, and Hollywood icons are stable and reassuring; they remind us of home, childhood, and help us to feel protected. Exploring the nuances and sometimes dark humor behind these remnants, Buron, MacLelland and Porter gently probe us to reflect on the past critically.