11 - june 3, 2007
tendency to pile
katy fischer, jin lee,
three kinds of mountain
a reading by laurie palmer
saturday, may 12th, 1pm
friday, may 11th
12-5 pm or by appt
pile is a structure that is at once a sign of order and excess. It is ad-hoc.
A pile can be a holding place, a methodical gathering, an arrangement, or
a way to consolidate what is left over, unwanted, or discarded. Piles can
be organized, like proto-architecture, or riotous, as if deposited by whirlwind.
An inclination to make or document piles as markers of human presence is something
the three artists in this show have observed in each other’s work. This
tendency is shared among other artists and people who make such structures
in the world as storage, debris, and markers of human presence.
Tendency to Pile Jin Lee will show Small Mountains, a series
of photographs of mounds of salt and dirt found in construction and storage
sites. She states: “ I am interested in how these materials are
shaped by human use as well as elements of weather and time. The project
also explores ambiguity of scale in photographs, as well as a sense of accelerated
geological time in the miniature mountain forms.” Katy Fischer
will include several paintings inspired by burial mounds, compost heaps, and
burning piles of leaves. In these contexts, piles represent gathered potential
energy and sites of powerful forces of transformation at work. Melissa
Oresky will show works on paper titled Private Landfills. These drawing/collages
are hill or pile-like constructions made of materials gathered in the studio
from leftover fragments of images, various papers, and paint used to make
previous work. The debris built into these works can be considered as
cognitive, physical, and pictorial matter. In recombining these remains into
landscapes or land”fills”, they are reinvigorated and pressured
to generate new structures, inventions, and ideas.