First Friday Citywide Event and Artist Reception, March 6, 2020
From: 5-8:00 PM
Meet & Greet Artist, Saturday March 7, 2020
From: 1-3:00 PM
Artist's Talk: 1:30 PM
Show Closes: March 28, 2020
Willi Singleton, states, Placeness (1) is what connects location with personally relevant meaning derived from experience of Place. My work for thirty-three years has been embedded in Place, specifically Hawk Mountain near Kempton, PA, both materially and conceptually. My pots are the mountains, rivers and valleys that surround my studio. My shapes and patterns are inspired by these same things, while the forms and facture reflect the centuries old Asian ceramic traditions I rely on. Coming across Relph's ideas has led me to think about Hybridization of Place, or how we interact with Place and engage in dialogue with it, altering it in ways that seem appropriate, while being shaped in return. For many of us, this includes incorporating aspects of other Places in the world that have been transformative for us. Building my Mashiko-style kiln in Kempton is such an example. Hosting visitors and old friends in this place further solidifies the interconnectedness of Place(s) that Hybridization of Place emphasizes.
For this show, I am responding visually to a second distinct place that I have been visiting regularly for almost a decade - Taos, New Mexico. The Sangre de Christo series of vertical vessels is my reaction to the towering landscapes and fractured rock faces of the Sangre de Christo Mountains. The new prints were mostly made during an artist's residency at the Herekeke Art Center in 2018, expanding on my previous theme of Mountains shaping Rivers and Rivers forming Mountains. In this new series, I am considering the mutual shaping of People and Place: People shaping Place as they are themselves transformed by process.
Please join me for this showing of art works about two Places dear to my heart.
1 This is a term used by Edward Relph and is probably a mash-up of his title: Place and Placelessness (1976)
First Friday Citywide Event
February 7, 2020
From: 5-8:30 PM
Title: Desert Spaces
Solo Show: Artist: Rachel Davis Rankin
Show Closes: February 29, 2020
Rachel Davis Rankin grew up under the big skies and beautiful mountains in Albuquerque, New Mexico. These influences have been an inspiration all of her life. Rachel's technique utilizes oil paint with a palette knife to create the layered texture in her plein air type paintings.
Rankin states, I think the thread that holds this new body of work together is the sky. I have been really drawn to paint the sky and desert spaces. Come by and see this new body of work. I find that my paintings and my technique deepen with my new awareness of the beauty that surrounds me.