Michelle Blade investigates the transformative roll of public gatherings where social hierarchy dissolves and abrupt moments of collective completion occur. Examination of these moments point to cultural desires of utopia, transcendence, and authentic experience. In works evocative of the Romantic period, tiny figures huddle along side monuments ranging from an oversized banner to Stonehenge, suggesting the trepidation and awe experienced in confronting the sublimity of nature and the desire for a communal experience
Michele Carlson juxtaposes cultural references as means to investigate the creation and perpetuation of representation, grand narratives and collective memory. Specifically, I am interested in the problem of rigid modes representation when something or someone does not line up with what it is said to represent. It is within these moments of failure where new stories can be suggested and old, fixed narratives can begin to be torn down.The results are compelling large scale drawings that skirt stylistic sources as a means of enticing the viewer for a closer investigation then wittingly dare you into an open dialog .
Examining memories as constructs of attachment and desire rather than a series of factual events is the basis for the work of Kelly Lynn Jones. Using old photographs As a point of departure people, objects, locations and events are removed from their original or “real” context and assigned to new realities formed from the artists own connections. The resulting drawing and paintings unveil memory as a vacuum and mechanism for consolidating facts with pathology making the resulting recollections that much more real.