Artists, Galleries & Museums

“Low Magic” Exhibition Open through August 25th at Galveston Arts Center

Creative Exhibitions & Classes at Galveston Arts Center

Galveston Arts Center (GAC) presents three solo exhibitions through August 19th featuring Timothy Harding, Susannah Mira, and Kalee Appleton.

In the first-floor gallery, Timothy Harding’s exhibition “Unfurled” includes works that explore the fluid relationship between pictorial space and the three-dimensional realm through hardedge geometric patterns and manipulated surfaces.

In the second-floor 1878 Gallery, Susannah Mira transforms the metal mesh of used air filters into an installation for the exhibition “Lighter than Air.” Kalee Appleton’s exhibition “Supplementary Scenes” explores the objectivity of idealized landscapes and utopian worlds depicted in the photographic backdrops commonly used in mainstream photography studios.

About the Exhibitions

Timothy Harding’s exhibition “Unfurled” includes works that explore the fluid relationship between pictorial space and the three-dimensional realm through hardedge geometric patterns and manipulated surfaces. Harding’s work navigates spatial relationships between drawing, painting, and sculpture, through dimensional paintings and sculptural installations. His work engages the viewer through the familiarity of controlled line and shape while containing gestural and physical distortions that evoke a sense of something gone awry.

Susannah Mira uses commercial side-stream as her starting point, transforming piles of excess material into sculpture. In manipulating repetitive, geometric units into organic shapes, Mira reinstates the logic of nature into a production cycle that emphasizes profits over planetary stewardship. Her installation “Lighter than Air” employs the metal mesh of used air filters in pieces that appear to float exuberantly in space. The artist adds depth to these delicate forms by employing the brash palette used to designate various workplace hazards. For Mira, these elements serve as a signal to remain conscious of environmental issues, particularly in a political landscape that diminishes their importance.

Kalee Appleton’s work deals with the nature and materiality of photography through the enduring tradition of landscape photography. “Supplementary Scenes” explores the objectivity of idealized landscapes and utopian worlds depicted in the photographic backdrops commonly used in mainstream photography studios. Like many photographs throughout history, these objects force viewers to question truth and contemplate the mechanical nature of photography, as the pure purpose of these backdrops is to exist as a false contextual object in the aid of transporting a sitter to an idealized world. The imagery produced not only acts as a supplemental scene to a portrait but also exists to fulfill the desires of the commissioners and sitters of the portrait. Appleton skews and distorts perceptions of space, transforming these backdrops into the sculptural subjects of her photographs. The medium is further pushed into the sculptural realm with irregularly shaped frames. Imagery either responds to the grain of the wood frame or follows the perimeter of the folded landscape, pulling the photograph from the gallery wall while depicting the 3D altered landscape on a 2D surface.

“Low Magic” Opening August 25th

Opening Saturday, August 25th, 6-9pm will be Fort Worth-based artist Jesse Morgan Barnett’s exhibition “LOW MAGIC,” which follows the artist’s correspondence with Valery Spiridonov, the first confirmed head/body transplantation patient, and works through questions about conditionality, perseverance, and naturalistic interpretations of luck.

In the second floor 1878 and Brown Foundation Galleries, “Visual Pathology” presents a collaboration with GAC and the Department of Pathology at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston. In collaboration with six pathologists from UTMB, artists Steve Fisher, Mark Greenwalt, Colleen Maynard, Sarah Sudhoff, and Kamilla Szczesna were given access to the remnants of UTMB’s historical pathological and surgical pathology collections as an inspirational starting point for the exhibition.

About GAC

GAC is the organizer of ArtWalk, which takes place every six weeks in downtown Galveston. The ArtWalk brochure, which lists participating venues, hours, information, and map can be downloaded at galvestonartscenter.org. The galleries and the ArtWorks Museum Store are open to the public Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm, and Sunday 12 noon-5pm. Admission is free at all times.

Events

September 6th (6-7pm) – Visual Photography Conversation – Join as artists and pathologists discuss the Visual Pathology project and their work in conjunction with the exhibition on view in the 1878 & Brown Foundation Galleries.

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