The Way Somewhere: curated by Vanessa Marsh
Artists: Sarah Applebaum, Bessma Khalaf, Adam Thorman, Abraham McNally
September 5th-October 5th
Opening Reception: Friday, September 5, 7-10pm
Closing Reception with sound experience by Sarah Applebaum and video screening by Bessma Khalaf: Friday, October 3, 7-10pm
Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4 PM
The Way Somewhere, guest curated by Vanessa Marsh, brings together the work of Sarah Applebaum, Bessma Khalaf, Abe McNally, and Adam Thorman. Each artist adds to the understanding of our place in the universe on both an individual and metaphysical scale by deconstructing landscapes and space. In doing so, they simultaneously reveal and hide connections to what is real and sublime or bewitchingly constructed.
Marsh’s interest in curating the show sprang from a curiosity to investigate artwork that showed connections to her own work both aesthetically and conceptually. As an artist and curator she is drawn to certain aspects of the human experience involving our understanding of Time and Space, and within those topics, memory and sense of place. Khalaf, Thorman, Applebaum and McNally approach their practices with similar interests, drawn in different degrees to memory, landscape, the cosmic and the personal.
In her photographic and video work Bessma Khalaf shows a playful animosity to the landscape. In the series Ruin, black and white landscape photographs from found books are carefully burned and then re-photographed to create invented landscapes. Her reaction to the sublime is to destroy it, at least metaphorically. In doing so she calls into question humanities relationship with the landscape and also draws connection between landscape and emotional spaces.
Abe McNally deconstructs landscape to describe fragmented memories of his childhood in rural Vermont. Using both found and personal images, Abe McNally investigates the landscape of his youth by removing and adding elements to create works that allude to incomplete memories. The voids within the space of the collage suggest natural voids in memory and a connection to the changes and destruction that come with growing older. Adam Thorman is fascinated with the magic of light and the universe. In his Sunmoons series Thorman utilizes inverted circular shapes within landscapes, creating the illusion of some kind of interplanetary interaction happening on a small human scale. In doing so he grounds the cosmic and makes the small seem enormous.
All four artists, Khalaf, Thorman, McNally and Applebaum, seem to be looking into the void, wondering what might be out there (and in here) that we don’t understand, and inventing ways to access the unknown. All are looking for a way somewhere, although the where is yet to be determined.