Exhibited @ www.gallerythe.org
June 29 through September 11, 2006
Emerging artists, Judy Stone, Mia Rollow and Anna Whitehead are all
recent graduates of the Department of Art Honor’s Program at the
University of Maryland, College Park. With an inquisitive mind, and
a strong material sensibility, each of these artists approach their
individual subject matter from a unique perspective:
Judy Stone employs diverse, emotive materials, carefully selected,
to create poetically intuitive responses to both her immediate personal
surroundings and a broader social and political context. Stone moves
feely between the media she employs (mud, video, thread, bronze) and
alternating strategies of presentation (installation, multiples, performance).
In turn, the work continually alternates between transient impermanence
and fixity, the ethereal and the physically present. For this exhibition the
artist has created a series of works on paper that investigates human hair
as a drawing tool and a metaphor for both strength and vulnerability.
Exploring organic forms and structures, Mia Rollow’s video work examines
microscopic facets of nature, that, when magnified, become monumentally,
ambiguous landscapes, metamorphosing unexpectedly between elemental
states. The artist employs ambiguous materials to generate rich and sensual
environments of colour and surface that evolve through time. These are
living, unstable terrains whose tenuous membrane respires and blisters,
suggesting liminal states and subcutaneous interiority.
Through performance and painting, Anna Whitehead seeks to confront
identity and hybridization. For this exhibition the artist has chosen to
address the urban culture of Brooklyn, presenting a disjointed narrative
unapologetically cobbled together from fragmented, incongruous parts - a
conflation of personal narratives and collective experiences. Strung
together in a precarious net of relationships, it is by their very
fragmentation that these images garner their strength.
All three artists are at the threshold of their professional careers, with
all of the potentiality and opportunity that that implies; they are at the
brink, the limits beyond which something will happen or change.