Galveston Arts Center presents Prey and Interpreting Memory opening reception
Galveston Arts Center (GAC) presents two solo exhibitions curated by Executive Director Jennifer Justice. In the downstairs gallery, Prey by Rachel Gardner utilizes sculpture and installation to explore the tenuous balance between nature and the modern world. In both upstairs galleries, Interpreting Memory by Rena Wood presents fiber works that reference the ephemeral nature of memory. In addition, Beyond Bindings: The Book as Art will be on view in the upstairs Pop-Up Gallery.
Gardner’s work references our estrangement from nature in modern society through sculptures of wild animals juxtaposed in modern environments. Packs of wolves frequently inhabit her installations, putting the primitive and natural world at battle. Prey is a site specific installation meant to reawaken the human spirit in an unexpected place. It focuses on cycles that occur in the natural world and intends to bring us outside our concrete walls to meditate on something much bigger than ourselves.
Wood uses vintage textiles to evoke memories from her personal history through deconstructed materials of a previous maker for the exhibition Interpreting Memory. Wood’s laborious reconstruction of these fibers represent the passage of time and fragile nature of memory.
Following the opening reception, the exhibits will be on display through January 8, 2017.