The Crevice Gallery shows conceptually big work in a physically small space.
It pursues a variety of ideas and sentiments in minute, introspective detail with the dedication of a cat pursuing a mouse. It also occasionally disappears into the folds of reality altogether.
Like the work it exhibits, The Crevice Gallery is a conceptual art project of its own accord, produced by Heather Kapplow as a part of a long drawn out series of works about vocation called 'Help Wanted'.
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St. Louis, MO based sculptor and photographer Carrie M. Becker is showing a single installation piece that inhabits the entire space of the gallery, entitled "Working From Home." Inspired in equal parts by Mattel's Barbie dolls and A&E's Hoarders. "Working From Home" is an obsessive-compulsive commentary on all of our failed efforts at perfection. Becker's artwork is currently featured in the June 2012 issue of Bust Magazine, as well as in the July 2012 issue of Scientific American. More of Becker's work can be seen on Flickr and Facebook.
SILENCES featuring works by an NYC based, but French born artist, Francine LeClercq and British artist Lauren Greenwood.
NYC based, but French born, Francine LeClercq's current preoccupations are with curtatorial devices and the idea of the white box gallery as a presence or gesture in and of itself, which she attempts to invoke with "Closed For Installation". Going a bit deeper into the glaring white abyss than some of her previous works in this vein, "Closed For Installation" quietly places the viewer in the position of Samuel Beckett's Vladimir and Estragon, waiting for Godot, and everything else that we are unsure will ever arrive.
For British artist Lauren Greenwood, the white box is an intensely charged space that requires the viewer to move around trying to see it from all sides and strain to make out parts of the images it contains. "Very Quietly In The Distance" produces a sensation of separation and a desire to be closer to the recess of the gallery space than is really possible. One is drawn towards a portal into a parallel version of space, but cannot quite make out what is on the other side before it disintegrates into static.
Most recently, LeClercq's work has shown alongside Andy Warhol's in Finland, and Greenwood is slated to be in residency at Tomma Rum in Kil, Sweden for mid-July and August of 2012. More of their work can be seen at Francine LeClercq's website and Lauren Greenwood's website.
Hannah Burr's choreographed, real time, live action piece "Attendant" will be in residence at The Crevice Gallery for 19 days, leaving a residue of one observer's experience of that environment over the course of the show. "Attendant" is interested in differing personal perspectives of the same time and place. It also challenges expected roles and behaviors related to making, presenting and attending to artwork. "Attendant" has previously shown at the Currier Museum, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Brandeis University.
Other work by Burr is currently on view at the Museum of Fine Arts in the Linde Wing of Contemporary Art. Burr is based in Boston, MA. More of her work can be seen on her website.
INNER SPACE is composed of works by two Boston, MA based artists, Jennifer Engel and Sandrine Shaefer.
Shaefer is a performance artist recently returned from a grant-funded tour of Mexico. Her series of ephemeral performances "Adventures In Being (small)" are site-sensitive explorations of the cycles involved in the invisible becoming visible. Shaefer's work playfully addresses the shared human experience of fitting in, both corporally and conceptually.
Perhaps more interested in staying in than in fitting in, Engel's "Nest" tries to create something familiar out of flat, fractured pieces of domestic space. This tiny, private proscenium suggests impending dramatic conflict and a quiet audienceship that may (or may not) both be completely internal.
Though showing installation work at The Crevice Gallery, Engel has a concurrent exhibition of fabric-based pieces at AMP: Art Market Provincetown (www.artmarketprovincetown.com). More about Shaefer's work can be found on her website.
IMPLICATIONS examines a few different types of ripple effects through the works of Boston, MA and Houston, TX based artists Andi Sutton and Antigone Ray.
Sutton's "Future Memorial: All Caught Up" uses plants and botanical referents (living and non-living) to spark dialogue, intervention and reflection on the ongoing impact of climate change. Viewers will be encouraged to remove, explore, read, tangle and untangle the installation throughout the exhibition. Tied together and pulled apart, the work turns the complexity we face as humans attempting to relate to and act upon our rapidly warming planet and changing environment into tactile, experiential form.
Sutton's work engages its audience with questions about environmental decay and loss, while Ray's work attempts to make palpable the dissolution of memory.
Using letters painstakingly crafted from fabric and foodstuffs to represent the attempted act of re-remembering, "Sloppy Sentences" tracks a specific day in history when the artist forgot something. The result, a wall of soft and decaying language, is also vaguely reminiscent of the anatomical brain.
Sutton's art has been shown in such far flung places as Bogota and Jakarta (but most recently at the SMART Museum in Chicago.) You can learn more about it on her website. Ray is currently directing an artists research institute and curatorial project at Houston's Chop & Screw Factory.