A solo exhibition, Marsia Alexander Clarke: Tapestries, curated by Jay Belloli, Director of Gallery Programs, will open at the Armory Center for the Arts in the Mezzanine Gallery on Saturday, September 20, 7 -9pm and will be on view through November 16, 2008.
Weaving together video imagery gathered in her Chilean homeland with footage of body movement and nature, Alexander-Clarke presents an abstract world which moves through time and the gallery space. Marsia Alexander-Clarke's background in painting and sculpture and her interest in "new music" have profoundly influenced her work in video. As a time-based medium, the musicality of visual imagery in motion is basic to all of her compositional efforts, which are often shown in multi-channel installations.
Tapestries incorporates video which records a real world situation or environment, and uses small, cropped sections of this imagery as its basic building material. These sections, which Alexander-Clarke calls "marks"(in reference to hand-based media) are repeated and inter-mixed to create a composition in time. Through placement, the movement and rhythm within each "mark" accumulates, builds, and dissolves, variously activating time and space. In this way, Alexander-Clarke succeeds in extracting the poetic essence of place.
When a place or activity is recorded in a photo or video, it becomes an object in a new environment. Its transition from real to recorded object carries the memory of its previous state. Though Marsia Alexander-Clarke's work has become increasingly abstract, the presence of humanity remains like a ghost haunting the screen.
Jay Belloli is Director of Gallery Programs at the Armory Center for the Arts, after having held previous positions as a curator at the Detroit Institute of Arts and the as the director of the Fort Worth Museum of Art. His many curated exhibitions have included Radical Past: Contemporary Art & Music in Pasadena, 1960 - 1974; The Universe: A Convergence of Art, Music, and Science; and the first major institutional solo exhibition for artist Tim Hawkinson.
This exhibition will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery at the Armory at 145 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, and is open Tuesday - Sunday, noon - 5 p.m. Admission is free. The Armory is easily accessible from the Gold Line Memorial Park Station in Pasadena. For information about Armory exhibitions and events, the public may call 626.792.5101 x122 or visit the Armory website at www.armoryarts.org.