With the gallery under construction and Smith Center in a state of flux, we find ourselves creatively improvising. Over the next six months we are replacing the yellow-construction tape with rotating mini exhibitions in our U Street window. We invited local installation artists for the first of two series of In-Flux to explore the concept of transformation and offer us a peek into their world.
lotus: descending, featuring Matt Hollis. Sept. 3-23, 2010
Matt Hollis transforms ordinary into extraordinary, reality into surreality, and common into exotic. In lotus: descending commonplace fabric is molded into fantastical, wild forms that provocatively consume, dance, sway, and grow before our eyes. And, in an instant, Hollis has removed us from our mundane routine and pulled us into his Technicolor world! “With enhanced awareness the everyday becomes otherworldly,” explains Hollis. To see more of Hollis’ surrealist creations and learn more please visit: www.enoughforall.com.
File>Print, featuring Peter Gordon. Sept. 2 - Oct. 13, 2010
Gordon’s eco-installation, File>Print, serves as a visual metaphor for change, transition, transformation and the life cycle. Healthy leaves sprout from their wooden base, which then descends into twisted paper and ultimately falls onto the wooden floor below. In combining natural and man-made materials into new forms Gordon addresses the impact our society has on the natural environment. And, in doing so, he challenges us to be more conscious of how we use and discard natural resources. To find out more about Gordon and his work please visit, www.petergordonart.com.