Lawndale Art Center presents "Mine the Gap:" 2019-21 Artist Studio Program Exhibition opening day
"Mine the Gap" presents new work by Jacquelyne Boe and David Janesko, Gerardo Rosales, and Holly Veselka, created during their 2019/21 Artist Studio Program residencies at Lawndale.
Exploring innate imbalances in the body while embracing structural restrictions resulting from the pandemic, collaborators Boe and Janesko create cameraless photographs that act as visual maps to a dynamic installation of interlocking, contained vessels to be activated by multi-channel projections and, at times, live dancers. Rosales’ monumentally-scaled, site-specific wall painting incorporates his effusively-colorful paintings, drawings, and ceramics, which display surreal scenes while hinting at larger political considerations. Veselka’s research-oriented work examines Houston’s relationship with its natural landscape, and components of her multimedia presentation contain iterations of 3-D scanned objects collected from the Buffalo Bayou vicinity.
Although for different ends and through disparate media, the artists collectively harness the quiet yet potent power of abstraction, layering, and transference in their experimentations with expression. The gap between reality and the represented is found to be fertile ground to mine the fleeting, fragmentary, and fragile. Reducing the legibility of their referents limits obvious and immediate readings of the artists’ work, instead encouraging nuance, close viewing, and a multiplicity of understanding.
The exhibition will remain on display through April 25.