In this show, both artists will work from the same set of objects. Elonda Billera will work in installation on the floor, while Jessica Curtaz will cover the walls with her renditions. From this common starting point they will develop their explorations of space, disabled horizons, and the juxtaposition of complication and simplicity.
Jessica Curtaz works with recognizable objects. Chairs and grocery bags transparently overlap each other and cram into corners of carefully gessoed panels. Wires and chain link fencing droop and expand over her surfaces, resembling abstract line drawings from a distance. Only up close does the precision of the work become apparent. The lack of cast shadow and horizon lines further this abstraction, giving the impression that those objects are floating and spinning in space. Curtaz is interested in how to complicate the recognizable, how many items have to be layered on top of each other to obscure what was originally drawn, how viewing distance plays a part in what is seen.
Ellonda Billera's work plays with the idea of what a piece of art actually is. Instead of building or making objects, she assembles the recognizable, such as lamps, mirrors, carpet squares and unstretched fencing, into piles and towers. The resulting installations construct for the viewer a variety of environments, from secret walled off gardens with actual germinating potatoes, to claustrophobic underwater settings composed of moving lights on drop ceilings, to simple piles of trash sprawling over areas of the gallery floor.