Apama Mackey Gallery presents Anderson + Medrano opening reception
The colors and materials and especially the back lit images seen through custom built viewfinders, it all reminds everyone of their first collaborative works ever made. Without the constraint of an actual title for the show, they have had the freedom to create without the daunting task of making it all connect to a theme or singular narrative, which is how they used to do it. Back then their collaborative process was much looser. They made art as a reflex, always without giving it much thought, only making whatever it was they wanted to see on their own walls and not what they thought would connect with a viewer. Over the years the process has changed but their rolls as collaborative partners remains the same, Katy Anderson, the photographer and Patrick Medrano, the sculptor/builder/painter.
These are uncertain times and for artist this is both an extremely difficult time to be making art but also an extremely important time to be making art. The creation of this show felt urgent, like they had been suddenly primed by all the recent world events and tragedies and it was time for them to go to work, do their job, to reflect, to inspire, to bring hope, to shine their light, to say what they had to say about it. That is what this show represents to them, the cleansing of spirit, the search for higher knowledge and the connection we all have to one another and this earth.
The Native Americans believed the occurrence of a white animal was a huge sign of prophecy– a sign from the great spirit that a major shift in their world was to come.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through June 14.