New Exhibition Opens July 10
New exhibition opens july 10
Exhibition Dates: May 8 - June 19, 2021
Public Gallery Hours: Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm and Thursday, 5 - 7 pm
We are excited to announce "In Search of Solid Ground," a new exhibition from Art Enables resident artist Toni Lane and visiting artist Alanna Reeves, exploring themes of displacement, vulnerability, identity, and the effects of identity discontinuity on mental health and wellbeing.
In these works, historical and cultural forces manifest as shifting landscapes to be navigated and questioned. Lane and Reeves sort through both what’s longed for and unwanted, foreign and familiar, past and present, seeking self-knowledge and stability.
In Alanna Reeves’ paintings and prints, the landscape is more literal but no more certain. Monochromatic trees and plants call on a specific place – the partly unknown homeland of the artist’s ancestors. Mixed with accumulated grids and book pages, this imagery references guides from which the artist has learned and deviated. The components are shuffled, dreamlike and liquid in their mingling. In two paintings - “Lake Hebron” and “Montego” - a figure reaches through actual water and ice to orient itself. In other works, short lines of handwritten text float in open space. Dwarfed by their surroundings, their smallness gives them a quiet, tentative presence. These are fragments pulled from the private spaces of an introspective mind, reflections on the meaning of identity within and without a community with whom to share it. “What is mine?” one print asks, continuing, “Nothing has been given so I have to create it.” Reeves’ use of the ghost print – the second passing in the monotype process that yields a fainter deposit of ink – is an apt visual rhyme for the ghosts of the past. Knowledge diffused through generations reaches us in ethereal traces, incomplete guideposts in the search for solid ground.