Memories and Whispers
Redwood City, CA – Memories and Whispersis an alluring art exhibit showcasing five of The Main Gallery artists including Lynne Auld, Arup Biswas, Pixie Couch, Erna Metzger, and Susan Wolf. The show opens Wednesday, September 10th, and runs through Sunday, October 12th.
This show peaks through time, memory, and messages left behind. The Main Gallery, located at 1018 Main Street in Redwood City, will be hosting an opening reception with the artists on Saturday, September 13th, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Here is a small sampling of what you will find at the Memories and Whispersexhibit:
For photographer Lynne Auld, the motivationin making and sharing an image is communication. Auld explains that “whenever we take a photograph, we are recording a literal moment in time; preserving a memory of this moment.” She describes that “there is a sense of nostalgia inherent in the very notion of photography: stopping time.”
Employing photographic techniques and ideas Auld lists as “simple, unmanipulated, and straight-forward” her images depict a literal moment that feels grounded in a documentary tradition. She attributes her reality-based work to having previous experience as an anthropologist. This exposure seems to make Auld’s imagery accessible to people across many divides: social, cultural, national, gender etc. opening a larger window for understanding and connection.
Using muted colors and soft diffused light; photographer Arup Biswas communicates a theme of harmony. His series for the exhibit show people dressed in traditional Indian costumes on natural landscapes. Though Biswas doesn’t “care about communicating deep philosophical messages”, he explains that “If my art can lighten someone’s burden of life for a brief moment, make them smile, energize them, or make them feel connected to the wilderness, than I have been successful in my art making.” Biswas describes his audience as “anyone who loves wilderness, or who can be still with herself and listen to her feelings.”
For some time, mixed media artist Erna Metzger has been interested in the passage of time, memories and recall. Metzger questioned where “our memories, which are so amorphous, lie physiologically, and psychologically.” She believes that “Memories lie somewhere within us, stirring around us but cannot be contained.” Her pieces for this exhibit focus on “the ‘grays’ of our lives verses viewing the world in black and white, in a fixed way.” She considers that one “never knows what the final piece will look like. It is this uncertainty that is a metaphor for our lives, our memories” and her work. She incorporates this spontaneity and acceptance of life into her work by constructing enhancing, fusing, and dissolving multiple layers of paper. With this process, Metzger illustrates how we are “complex, fluid, changing creatures that cannot be pinned down.”
Being drawn to the “area between dream and memory”, ceramist Susan Wolf bases her pieces for the Memories and Whispers show on her own experiences, and then “colors or enhances them with day dreams.” Wolf describes her piece “Sumerian Ram” as inspired from a creature once seen in a book or museum, but describes how the ram “comes to haunt me, sometimes
gold leafed and studded with lapis lazuli, sometimes dusty and tarnished, but always with soulful eyes, trying to remind me of something.” Her work for Memories and Whispers combines these impressionable ideas with real memories to show viewers how she sees and interprets things.
Don’t miss breathing in the Memories and Whispers exhibit:at The Main Gallery. It is sure to transport, remind, or murmur something to you of your own individual intentions or impressions.
The Main Gallery, an artists’ cooperative with some 22 members, showcases the work of some of the best local talent in the Bay Area. The Gallery is located at 1018 Main Street at the corner of Main and Middlefield in the historic yellow Victorian Cottage in Redwood City. The Main Gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. For more information, please visit our website at www.themaingallery.org or call The Main Galleryat (650) 701-1018
Exhibit Dates: Wednesday September 10 through Sunday October 12, 2014