A Quiet Place
Thinkspace is pleased to present A Quiet Place, featuring new works by Stephanie Buer and Linnea Strid. Both painters explore the solitudes that define their respective creative practices and subjects. Whether it be the desolation of forgotten urban spaces taking on ghostly traces and pregnant absences, as in Buer's work, or the personal isolation of the artist and the anxiety of hyper-awareness, as in Strid's - both artists delve into the recesses of poetic silence and separateness.
Stephanie Buer, now based in Portland, had spent over a decade observing the urban landscape in Detroit Michigan. This time spent exploring and seeking out the viscera of the urbanscape had a powerful and lasting effect on the artist's work. Drawn to desolate spaces and abandoned structures, Buer captures the haunting histories of urban absentia. Fascinated by the traces of human intervention and the suggestion of time past evidenced in decay, the artist observed each structure take on a physical life of its own. Buer finds beauty in the blight of entropy and desertion. Her work is as much about the occupation and seeking out of these spaces as it is about their chronicling and capture. This paradigm of the artist as itinerant explorer in search of significant solitudes is an established tradition, but re-contextualized through Buer's work it invokes a contemporary immediacy and a representational truthfulness. Raw, and unfeigned, Buer portrays forgotten recesses with a meaningful, if not melancholic, ruminative bent.
Buer taps in to the endless poetic possibilities of thoughtful silence, particularly in the context of the urban landscape where it becomes an uncanny offset to the fray. Her works convey an overwhelming sense of pathos in this unsettling silence. It is as though the structures and spaces the artist represents are human subjects - invaded with histories of change and loss, captured with a staggering amount of sensitivity and detail. The compelling inscrutability of the works resides in their incomplete disclosures. One can guess at the histories that might have taken place in these spaces, or to them, but they remain spectral and partial - obstinately silent. The artist is interested in this invasion and passing of time, and in the momentums of change and decay, but ultimately Buer is interested in the resilience of nature and the abandoned space, and the way in which they can tolerate the violation of time.