"Stowaway" Melissa Joseph and Silas McDonough August 29 - September 4, 2021
In their first collaborative exhibition, Stowaway, the artists confront themes of dislocation, fractured space and the stakes of both rooted and uprootedness through the mediums of earth and sky.
"Airplane Windows," Melissa Joseph Melissa began the Airplane Window series in the spring of 2021, having been recently vaccinated and enthusiastic about potential herd immunity for Covid 19. While this possibility has since slipped away and many travel restrictions remain in tact, she uses the motif of airplane windows to frame the sensations of anticipation, distance, in-betweenness, and hope. Embedded into any work about dislocation are questions of violence and force. These images are meditations on personal and external stimuli from the last year, inviting viewers to make space for the possibility of being transported.
"Traction" and "Fault", Silas McDonough Silas’ two works are inspired by the loss of the land where he spent most of his early life. In living closely with a place, there is a fabric that develops. Memory, empathy, personal and communal identity become intertwined with shape of a hill, the smell of leaves and soil; with every stone and tree. The sculptures confront the sense dislocation that is created when these connections are severed. Here bedrock is lifted like frozen ground, poised to move, and an uprooted tree becomes a fault-line.