“The wind blows to the south and goes around to the north; around and around goes the wind, and on its circuits the wind returns.” (Ecclesiastes 1:6)
All Things Project is pleased to present WIND REFLECTION: Works by Lili Chin and Abraham Storer. The installation consists of organically dyed fabrics and a video by Lili Chin, in conjunction with selected paintings by Abraham Storer. Three brief statements by the artists and the gallery curator serve to describe the installation and triangulate its conception.
“Last summer I spent time observing and shooting spider webs in rural Maine. I became fascinated with the juxtaposition of their lightness and fragility, and the strength of their construction. This small animal stitches together a beautiful foundation as a constant and instinctual act of survival. With the space at All Things Project, my impulse was to begin with a foundation influenced by that of a spider's web. Fragile and light, hand-dyed muslin covers the space's interior, pointing to the physical interaction between body and fabric—my act of staining woven cotton with organic materials such as tea, hibiscus, wine, and blackberries. The staining will continue throughout the duration of the show, as the already stained muslin remembers the footprints of its visitors.” (Lili Chin, more at http://vimeo.com/user1686401)
“Having grown up by the ocean, when I return home and look at the water I experience something both comforting and melancholic. The ocean remains constant while everything else changes: people marry, divorce, have children, experience love and betrayal, buy houses, lose jobs, and grow old. Despite the way time passes so aggressively, the landscape exists as a transcendent moment of silence and stillness. It is a foil to our mortality – a witness to loss but also a portal into something eternal and constant that extends beyond our individual lives.” (Abraham Storer, more at http://abrahamstorer.com/home.html)
“I became acquainted with Lili Chin and Abraham Storer when they began to gather with other Skowhegan residency alumni to discuss perennial issues surrounding “Art and Spirituality.” I took part, being very much interested in how philosophical ideas from Wassily Kandinsky or G.W.F. Hegel are being re-interpreted by artists of our time. This exhibition, Wind Reflection, became a reality out of that close engagement. As is so often the case in this little church, with its growing exhibition history, this particular collaboration provokes attention to a wealth of dialectics (a type of “Reflection”) between transcendence and immanence, the sacred and profane, the natural world and humankind.” (Samuel W. Kho, Gallery Curator)
WIND REFLECTION // Works by Lili Chin and Abraham Storer is the second full-length exhibition presented by All Things Project in 2011, the third year for the gallery organized by curator Samuel W. Kho. The curatorial appointment is made possible by a generous grant from the Mustard Seed Foundation, matched by individual gifts. All Things Project and its gallery are part of the Neighborhood Church of Greenwich Village (NCGV), a house of worship that supports cutting-edge visual practices, thoughtful lectures, as well as music and spoken word performances. More info at www.allthingsproject.wordpress.com and www.ncgv.net.