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Current Exhibition

October 1 - November 2, 2014

First Friday Opening Reception: Friday, October 3, 2014, 5:30-7:30 pm

Artists' Reception: Saturday, October 25, 3:00-5:00 pm


IN THE MAIN GALLERY

Susan Alport: There for the Taking

I like looking at refined products and polished pieces of other artists. But my own work is motivated by a different quest: how to capture those unplanned and unedited visual encounters on the street, in a room, on an alley wall when I spot, as if by accident, the exact confluence of all the elements that constitute what's beautiful to me, what I would make myself, except it's already made, out in the world, there for the taking. I want to hold that combination for perpetuity, to capture with camera, drawing, word, or phrase the entire visual entity before the light shifts or I change positions, and what I would have made is gone.

In those fractions of a second, everything's in flux: the fugitive image, my fumbling hands, an enveloping cloud overhead. To remember the visual instant, get it down, and bring it home as visually intact as possible is the essence of my work.

The discovered images, objects, and text are later incorporated into pre-existing work, reconfigured and collaged into new pieces, or simply preserved in their appropriated state to serve as Muses, models, and catalysts for my studio practice.

This installation reflects how that practice feels and looks. Collected detritus, new photographs, current and previous drafts of artist statements and other materials, united by one sense of flux, hold together here in a shared temporality.

Susan Alport, "There No. 1"

Susan Alport
Here/There #1
35mm film print
6 x 4 inches
2014

Susan Alport, "There No. 2"

Susan Alport
Here/There #2
35mm film print
6 x 4 inches
2014

Susan Alport, "There No. 3"

Susan Alport
Here/There #3
35mm film print
6 x 4 inches
2014


IN THE CENTER GALLERY

Eugene La Rochelle: (I love you) (I Love You)

Exploring uncomfortable questions prompted by the American experience primarily centers on group identity and the pain one feels when one "doesn't belong". These experiences themselves are categorized into relatively rigid groups, ironically reflecting the same suffocating binary identities they intend to describe: the biracial experience; the queer experience in a hetero-normative culture, etc. I find myself at the intersection of multiple experiences. In addition to being biracial and queer, I come from a military family that moved from base to base, born in a foreign country that is a liberal democracy but growing up in another that is a conservative theocracy. My personal history provides me not just with a vein of material to mine, but I believe gives me a nuanced understanding of the origins of pain that may rise from these incompatible and intersecting experiences, which I have had to curate and manage at great expense my entire life.

My aim as an artist, then, is to create work that frames and provides a window into conversations on pain and conflict, allowing the observer to eavesdrop and gain an intimate, even invasive view of the private lives, quarrels and pain of others. Though the audience may feel discomfort at being caught in the crossfire of private conflicts, I hope the work will provide catharsis and promote discussion, revealing the personal cost of leaving pain unresolved and undiscussed.

Eugene La Rochelle, Denial #1

Eugene La Rochelle
Denial #1
Silkscreen Print
22 x 14.75 inches
2014

Eugene La Rochelle, Denial #6

Eugene La Rochelle
Denial #6
Silkscreen Print
22 x 14.75 inches
2014

Eugene La Rochelle, Denial #7

Eugene La Rochelle
Denial #7
Silkscreen Print
22 x 14.75 inches
2014


IN THE MEMBERS' GALLERY

Elif Soyer: New Work

The inner life of biological entities has been a story that I cannot seem to get away from when I work in two dimensions. I find myself lost in their layered universes and hope to bring the viewer with me into these reveries.

Elif Soyer, Origin

Elif Soyer
Origin
Mixed media on paper
18 x 18 inches
2014


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