Amber Boardman, Leslie Kneisel at Marcia Wood

Marcia Wood Gallery presents two solo exhibitions: Amber Boardman’s Still, and Leslie Kneisel’s My Mother Was an Alien and I’m an Escape Artist

Amber Boardman: Still

Animated videos and prints relating to the visual representation of music will be presented by multi-media artist Amber Boardman. A Georgia State University graduate living in New York, Boardman will also present a series of public art performances in Atlanta in July supported by Flux Projects. The series entitled FAV (flute and video) combine animated videos and live solo flute performances by Sonic Generator’s Jessica Peek Sherwood, at 3 different non-traditional locations for performance.

Amber Boardman was born in 1981 in Portland, Maine USA. She received a BFA in painting from Georgia State University and an MFA in fine art from The School of Visual Arts in New York City. Boardman’s time-based work explores visual representations of music and emotion while fusing animated, digital and handmade elements. She is currently working with composers and performers on a series of “New Music Videos”. Her work was included in BAM’s Next Wave Art Festival curated by Dan Cameron in the fall of 2010. She teaches at Rutgers University and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Boardman’s work is a visual representation of sound and music. An amateur musician as well as a visual artist, she employs both mediums to “encourage emotional resonance” and feels that music is most fully experienced while using both the visual and aural senses. She states that she considers music/sound a direct pipeline into pure emotion. She is interested as well in finding ways to revive 19th century classical music and contributing visually to the New Music scene of contemporary classical music.

The exhibition, Still, will consist of approximately twenty re-constructed images from individual animated elements derived from three animated videos that will also be presented. Contrary to the implication of the exhibition title, each of the 11 x 14 inch prints of pigment on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Paper, are not traditional video stills. Because the videos are animations where each frame of the video comes from constructed elements such as a hand drawn charcoal room, a photograph of a girl in the room, and painted images on the wall, Boardman is able to re-construct each still from the higher resolution individual photographs and scans that made the animation.

The animated videos are, The Garden of Love, 2010, Animation/Performance for flute and video, Poem by William Blake, Music by JacobTV written for Flute and backing track, duration 07:20. Boardman was commissioned by the Atlanta based new-music ensemble Sonic Generator to create the video to the musical piece “The Garden of Love” by the composer JacobTV for a concert held at the High Museum of Arts’ Hill Auditorium. An installation version of this video was also included in BAM Next Wave Festival in New York and has also been shown in live performances in Tokyo and Houston. Sorrow, Like Pleasure, Creates Its Own Atmosphere, 2010, Animation/Performance for flute and video, Flute performance by Jessica Peek Sherwood, Music by Gene Pritsker written for flute and backing track, duration 06;15, presents a fantasy world where music creates itself. The video consists of a mix of elements including animation, a stop-motion clay figure, photographs and computer graphics. This piece was performed at Atlanta’s one night festival of public art, FLUX 2010 to critical acclaim. Concerto for Gameboy and Piccolo, 2011, Animation/Performance for piccolo and video, Piccolo performance by Jessica Peek Sherwood, Music by Ronen Shai written for Piccolo and Gameboy backing track, duration 05;30, is an animation consisting of video footage of opera stage sets with hand painted animated characters inhabiting the opera stage. This video will be presented for the first time in the upcoming exhibition at Marcia Wood Gallery.

Leslie Kneisel: My Mother Was an Alien and I’m an Escape Artist

Artist battles Aliens and lives to tell the tale. Atlanta artist Leslie Kneisel takes on alien and extra-terrestrial culture in a new body of prints combining images of Disney’s Tomorrowland with her own constructions and images. The photographic intaglio printmaking process is used to create a depth of surface and color that confounds an immediate interpretation of the media, suggesting both painting and photography as well as prints.

Leslie Kneisel is a graduate of Georgia State University, living and working in Atlanta. She has had solo exhibitions at the Albany Museum of Art, Albany, GA and the West Vallery Art Museum, AZ, and the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Johnstown, PA as well as group exhibitions at the MOCA GA, Atlanta, (collection), the Columbus Museum, GA, the Contemporary Art Center, North Adams, MA, and the Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA among other institutional and gallery exhibitions across the U.S. including Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta. In 1995 she was the Artist in Residence at Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

In her solo exhibition at the Marcia Wood Gallery, Leslie Kneisel is taking on alien and extra-terrestrial culture in a new way. Kneisel’s new work approaches the titillating topic of alien infiltration uniquely, including notions of a political escapism and fantasy worlds we all yearn for at some time in our lives. Armed with a lively sense of humor the artist launches a sociological investigation to our cultures fascination with alien lore. The exhibition title, My Mother is an Alien and I am an Escape Artist, refers to Kneisel’s fantasy that she is the daughter of an alien and may have unique DNA that might be proof of infiltration by aliens. Her new print series combine images of Disney’s Tomorrowland with her own constructions and images. The result is an artwork that seems to tell a story about alien culture and our place within it. Though we never see an extra-terrestrial in her pictures, they are evoked in the landscapes she makes. Her pictures feed not only on our fascination for science fiction, but our desire to enter into those landscapes.

The prints are made using a photographic intaglio process that creates a subtle sense of layers that blend so easily, it is at first hard to determine what we are looking at. Upon further inspection we find objects and places we might recognize, but they have been so transformed, that an entirely new landscape is made. This new world is seductively at once recognizable and foreign. The artist is taking the viewer on a tour of a world that delights us all, and the reason we are drawn to these neo-landscapes is both mysterious and obvious. Science fiction and new worlds give us all the needed escape we crave from the modern world and it’s limitations. Though we know these realms are not accessible, these artworks ignite our fantasies that they are – and may even raise the question whether we all have a little alien DNA in us.

Through August 6.

Marcia Wood Gallery
263 Walker Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30313

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