Constructing Solitude is a solo exhibition by Janice Jakielski. Brilliant candy-like colors and nostalgic images overwhelm the senses in this theatrical installation, which offers imaginative new ways of seeing, hearing and participating with the world. Drawing from women's fashions from bygone eras — including Amish bonnets from her childhood adventures in Pennsylvania and her grandmother's circa-1930s hat collection — Jakielski has created a stunning collection of handmade headdresses.
At first glance, the meticulous craftsmanship lends an authority to the pieces as functional objects, but a second look reveals the absurdity and imagination at play. If worn, the bonnets would obscure one's sight and hearing, transporting the wearer to a place of solitude — one that might feel either particularly welcome or isolating in the current age of sensory overload. By allowing the viewer to envision wearing these odd but fascinating pieces, the artist creates a "threshold space between reality and the imagination" through her works.
An artist talk by Janice Jakielski is at 5:30 p.m. The reception will also feature two other exhibition openings, the 2013 NCECA Biennial and the ClayHouston Member Show and open studios by HCCC's current resident artists.
Guests will enjoy beer sponsored by Karbach Brewing Co. On view through May 5.