We are honored to open the multi-faceted exhibition, FLUID: Rhythms, Transitions, & Connections, featuring the works of Francie Hester, Lisa Hill and Rebecca Kamen, in collaboration with Susan Alexjander.
The artists tackle the oft-unexplored complexities of human existence and visually ponder questions relating to loss, memory, and our connections to nature and one another. The artists’ points of entry are completely unique, but are each based on scientific exploration. The tragic passing of Brendan Ogg at the age of 20 from brain cancer was one of those moments in life that brought a family and a community together in search of a way to connect. The result is a unique artistic collaboration, Words as Legacy – A Leaf of Knowledge, created by Hester, Hill, Mattson Ogg and a community of knitters who came together to grieve and remember Brendan Ogg through the words and poetry he left behind. Ogg was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 19, and turned to poetry to record his experience. In his collection of poems, entitled Summer Becomes Absurd, his raw autobiographic words name what is most precious in the ordinary and show us how to live life whole. As community members began knitting, they were able to process their loss, and slowly transition from pain to legacy. Words as Legacy – A Leaf of Knowledge’s knitted panels wrap around each other, making concentric rings as a comment on how one person’s life – and words – can connect us all.
Lisa Hill follows up on the impact of words left behind, by examining the nature of human existence as represented in one of the most intimate expressions — a signature. SIGNINGS: Mother and Father charts the signatures of Hill’s parents over the course of their lives and shows how identity is formed and altered by life’s events and the ravages of time and health. Moving beyond the written remnants we leave behind, Francie Hester and Rebecca Kamen independently delve into the abstract by exploring not the language that allows us to connect to one another, but rather neurological biology that enables us to connect to both our past and even nature. Kamen’s mylar sculpture works are complemented by Susan Alexjander’s soundscape, and their collaborative project reflects a vision of how light, shape, sound, and rhythm inform the human body as it communicates with itself and nature. Meanwhile, Francie Hester takes her inspiration from the NIH’s ongoing mapping project of the brain’s minute electrical currents, our “connectomes.” In her Connectome Series Hester explores how memory and our access to the past is stored and then triggered by electrical currents – one at a time – creating a sequencing effect, like a game of dominoes.
Together Hester, Hill, and Kamen explore the intangible realms of memory and human connectivity. Their works force us to step away from our daily routines, stare into the unknown, and seek deeper connection to one another, our past, and nature.
Buy FLUID Art Now! Limited Edition giclee archival pigment prints are now available for sale!!
Prints are 20" x 20", and are $200 unmounted or $375 mounted on a 1.5" deep box. Click on one of the images above or email the Gallery Director for more information or to purchase a print now. By purchasing these limited edition prints, you support local aritsts as well as two non-profits providing resources to cancer patients -- Smith Center for Healing and the Arts & The Brendan Ogg Memorial Fund!
Additional programming presented in conjunction with the exhibit include:
- Two writing workshops. Click the links below to learn more!
- FLUID: Literary Art Tour, presented by Cross-Pollinate
- FLUID: Writing workshop: "Finding Our Voices, Telling Our Stories"
- Artists' Talk on Saturday, May 12th at 3:30pm.
Check out this video of Francie Hester, Lisa Hill, and Jackie Ogg assembling Encircled, one of the works on display.