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IN MATERIAL featuring artists Brooke Holve, Susan Field & Elizabeth Sher

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"In Material" (exhibit announcement), 2011
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Book Blinks #1, 2010 Mixed Media Construction 8.67 X 20.33 X 3.67 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist
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Book Blinks #1 - Angle View, 2010 Mixed Media Construction 8.67 X 20.33 X 3.67 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist
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Book Blinks #2, 2010 Mixed Media Construction 8.67 X 19.5 X 2.75 © Courtesy of the Artist
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Cover Cuts #1 - Angle View, 2010 Mixed Media Construction 8.67 X 10.25 X 2.75 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist
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To Mnemosyne (diptych), 2010 Mixed Media Construction 20 X 27.25 X 1 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist
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Gourd Blinks #2, 2010 Mixed Media Construction 8.75 X 19.5 X 2.75 © Courtesy of the Artist
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1111, 2010 Mixed Media Construction: Book Covers & Algae Print 10 X 10 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist
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2222, 2010 Mixed Media Construction: Book Covers & Algae Print 10 X 10 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist
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Bars & Tone, 2009 Archival Ink, Acrylic Paint, M/M on Canvas & Panel © Courtesy of the Artist
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Beaded Stone - detail, 2008 - current Stones, Beads, Thread, Double-sided Tape Variable © Courtesy of the Artist
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Bullet Stones, 2007 Stones, Bullet Casings, Pebbles, Fabric, Remnants of M16 Military Pouches, Fiberglass Screening, Thread Variable © Courtesy of the Artist
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Ball and Chain, 2009 Yarn & Fabric, Found Objects 19"H X 21"W X 20.5"D © Courtesy of the Artist
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Untitled, 2010 Zippers, Toy Railroad Tracks, Metal Snaps, 35mm Film Strips, Thread Variable © Courtesy of the Artist
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Untitled - detail, 2010 Zippers, Toy Railroad Tracks, Metal Snaps, 35mm Film Strips, Thread Variable © Courtesy of the Artist
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Remnants, 2010 Recycled Fabric, Rabbits' Feet, Waxed Twine, Thread, Canvas Backing 6"H X 44"W X 73"D © Courtesy of the Artist
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Remnants - detail, 2010 Recycled Fabric, Rabbits' Feet, Waxed Twine, Thread, Canvas Backing 6"H X 44"W X 73"D © Courtesy of the Artist
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Storm, 2010 Archival Ink on Metal With Tilting Supports 16 Panels, Each 8 X 12 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist
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Storm, 2010 Archival Ink on Metal With Tilting Supports 16 Panels, Each 8 X 12 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist
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Storm - detail, 2010 Archival Ink on Metal With Tilting Supports 8 X 12 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist
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Storm - detail, 2010 Archival Ink on Metal With Tilting Supports 8 X 12 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist
IN MATERIAL featuring artists Brooke Holve, Susan Field & Elizabeth Sher

6671 Front Streeet (Hwy. 116)
Forestville, CA 95436
March 4th, 2011 - April 10th, 2011
Opening: March 5th, 2011 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.quicksilvermineco.com
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
Other (outside main areas)
EMAIL:  
info@quicksilvermineco.com
PHONE:  
707.887.0799
OPEN HOURS:  
11—6 Thursday—Monday (Closed Tuesday/Wednesday)
TAGS:  
photography, mixed-media, digital, installation, video-art, conceptual, abstract, modern, sculpture

DESCRIPTION

In Material features the work of three artists who engage with their materials, but in different ways.

Susan Field links disparate textures, such as fabric with fur and beads with stones. Working by hand is an important part of her process, not only for aesthetic reasons, but because its slow labor allows her to reflect on the work over time.

Brooke Holve's work reflects her interest in the changing role of the book as digital delivery systems (Internet, e-books,etc) become the dominant mode of transmitting knowledge and information. She often combines book remnants with other materials such as organza silk and paper prints as she explores what happens through their interactions.

Elizabeth Sher mixes mediums and processes. Working back and forth between the digital and the hand, she makes her aesthetic decisions which are informed by today's new technological possibilities.

All three, at various times, worked as artists-in-residence at New Pacific Studio in Mt. Bruce, New Zealand. They met only after returning to California - Elizabeth and Brooke through an exhibition at the Berkeley Art Center; Brooke and Susan were introduced through a mutual friend. A spirit of synchronicity has informed their relationship in preparation for the exhibit.

"Last summer, we visited Liz's home by the Russian River and spontaneously decided to go down to the water to film,"  the artists recall. "Ducks were swimming through algae that floated on the surface of the water. We filmed, then culled sheets of it to dry." The algae was subsequently sewn, printed on, and made part of a video installation in the exhibit.

"We liked responding to the moment and trust that In Material reveals how our experience with materials both engages and individualizes us. Conversations between concrete and ethereal, reflection and opacity, soft and hard, all reflect our sense of space, touch, and feeling as artists. We invite viewers to join us in this conversation."