Feb 1 - 26, 2017
Friday, Feb 3
Joe Landry: "YOU ARE HERE"
I'm interested in the way the subconscious edits random experiences into personal narratives that can be recalled and made into art. Frederico Fellini did this in his autobiographical film "8 1/2." In this film the director's life is presented in documentary episodes, alternating with imaginative reconstructions.
My sculptures are recollections of places that are a part of my own personal narrative, brought into focus by referencing family photo albums, period photographs, and existing buildings. I strive for the highest degree of verisimilitude in my work so that the viewer can feel transported to actual places that may prompt recollections of their own narratives.
Mirela Kulovic: "Fragments"
Being born in Bosnia in the late 1980s, and growing up in the Balkans in the early 1990s was challenging. The area wasn't the best place for an innocent child. On the one hand, there was the beauty of nature and freedom; on the other hand, there was political conflict and fear. These two opposing worlds had a big influence on me. I grew up very fast. From an early age, I was concerned with questions about human destiny.
I discovered painting after getting my Master's degree in industrial engineering, and soon realized the importance of art. I started painting almost every day, and abandoned my engineering career. Painting became the most important thing in my life, and a tool for spiritual transformation and self-knowledge.
Drawing is my primary artistic language, and I do it every day. I see it as a tool for penetration into deep spiritual experience.
When I finish a drawing, it is more like I have discovered it. Its mysterious manifestation always surprises me.
At the beginning of 2016, I started drawing delicate, meditative, abstract objects with few marks and lines. I worked on each one for hours, observing each step I took, and letting the process unfold. Each mark and line were important.
But that lasted for only a few months. I wanted to explore more possibilities with the same motive, but it didn't work. Chaotic and aggressive marks suddenly appeared unpredictably all over my paper. I couldn't control them. I let them appear and be observed.
These marks bothered me, and I felt the need to erase them. After I did some erasing, a few marks were still dominant. Attracted to some of them, I made them more visible. Each step of adding and erasing made my painting more settled. I was looking for compositions that were visually and intuitively right for me. When I felt like I didn’t want to add anything to a painting, it was done. In most of my paintings, I saw two worlds coming together. One was harmonious, the other one was chaotic, but both were non-representational.
"Fragments" soon turned out to be the best title for this work.