PENLAND GALLERY Conversation/ What Remains (art) – thru November 19
Date(s) - 10/29/2017 - 11/19/2017
10:00 am - 5:15 pm
WHAT REMAINS speaks to both visual and conceptual depth – of the inherent memory embedded in the works of both Rachel Meginnes and Kelly O’Briant. Actual material, in the form of reclaimed textiles forms the foundation of Meginnes’s process, a physical and metaphorical layering of wear and re-adapting, moving forward and revealing the past. For 0’Briant, the remainders are often phantom forms – a chimera or abstraction of scientific theory. Her work in ceramics has explored the notions of dark matter, light and shadow, the passage of time. For this exhibition O’Briant mines the emotional effect of unsettlement and reconstruction – the physical act of carrying the past forward. Paired in this “conversation” exhibition, their work has the potential to create a powerful resonance with the viewer. Penland Gallery Website
Artist Gallery Talk Saturday, October 7 4:30 Reception 4:30 – 6:30
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