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Architecture of Fragments

Running from April 10, 2009 to May 24, 2009 in the Main Gallery

Curatorial Opportunity Program (COP) Selection

Curated by Petra Kralickova. Artists include Elissa Cox, Tannaz Farsi, and Petra Kralickova.

Though distinct in their visual composition, the works of Cox, Farsi, and Kralickova depict the landscapes of human forms and emotions connected to personal memory, identity, and the physiological frameworks of the body.  Using diverse materials, the artists interweave their conceptualizations of the body with unique methods of material combination and installation process.  In their hands, materials such as foam, fabric, cast plastic, vinyl, rubber, wood, sand, and air become thought provoking meditations on the body that is fragmented and dislocated yet teeming with life.  The installations will embody both a vigor and a sense of fragility that defines the human experience.

Elissa Cox’s work surges with buoyant energy as she synthesizes figurative imagery with that of landscape (both real and imagined), morphing organ-like structures with elements from nature.  Drawn to the openings and insides of the human body, Cox marvels at the perfect complexity of how the surfaces of organs that encase our innards are seductive, even as they simultaneously repulse with an almost grotesque rawness.  In Erratic Swellings, Cox contrasts the forms found in mortal anatomy with the natural environment by manipulating materials such as cloth, latex, and artificial foliage into life-size organic shapes.  These corporeal forms aesthetically resemble natural flora and fauna.  They become entangled in space to compose invented habitats that exude a sense of energy, vitality, and rawness in forms both seductively massive and decidedly delicate. 

Tannaz Farsi juxtaposes the invisible against the physical.  Through researching and appropriating cultural iconography, she works with air, objects, and images to negotiate the invisibility of perception and to produce installations that encompass a sense of physical and psychological longing.  In the formal absences of precious things, the gaze of the viewer is led to images and objects filled with nothingness.  The installation suggests a single person at work.  It is comprised of large inflated vinyl forms that are artificially fed with air, stationary videos that transcribe the change of day into night, and a workstation that monitors the location of an implied body.  Much like a frozen moment, the installation acts as a recording of a presence, both present and absent. 

Petra Kralickova’s abstract installations highlight the physical and psychological body in moments of tension and respite.  In her installation Tenacity, Kralickova draws out an impression of frail endurance.  Using 1/8 inch diameter dowels, she creates several constructions of uniformed lines that meet in the center and span outward in a circular pattern. Stained with red pigment and curved into an arch, each wooden dowel is attached directly to the wall.  When observed from different viewpoints, the three-dimensionality of this work transforms: becoming a line drawing from the frontal view, magically hovering over the wall from the side view, and upon closer inspection, protruding in and out of the wall.  A sense of dislocation is palpable in many of Kralickova’s sculptural installations, as she makes tangible the physical and emotional notions of concealment, stillness, resilience, and tenacity.  

Elissa Cox

Elissa Cox

Petra Kralickova

Petra Kralickova

Tannaz Farsi

Tannaz Farsi

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