“Perpetual Assembly” at Whitespace

“Perpetual Assembly” includes a collection of three exhibitions with each taking a focused, process-oriented approach to exploring perception. Architectonic arrangements of line are found throughout the exhibit and ask the viewer to consider his or her relationship to the physical world.

Whitespace gallery houses works by Ann Stewart and Seana Reilly. These two artists are questioning what we know and how we know we know it. The artists share a fascination with cognitive systems. Both explore the nature of existence and knowledge through the medium of graphite.

Stewart uses the tools of mapping and patterning to produce forms that allude to living systems, natural phenomena, and architectural structures. Stewart also receives inspiration from bottom up construction in which small interactions create larger entities. She uses drawing to give a physical presence to the invisible process of perception. Through multiple small acts of adding and subtracting marks, Stewart creates an armature of lines that shapes transparent spaces. By using a process of pattern recognition and pattern generation, both finding and fabricating forms, she negotiates the boundary between randomness and structure.

Reilly’s work speaks in equal parts to painting and drawing. She utilizes the natural processes of gravity, fluid dynamics, and friction to lay down free flowing carbon grounds resembling LandSat photos. She then incorporates scientifically-based, but ultimately manufactured, symbols and diagrams into the work through subtraction. The creation of the graphite ground is an exercise in giving up control and letting nature take its course. The secondary subtractive marks are an effort to understand, classify, and mentally subdue that act of nature afterward.

Whiteshed holds Barrett Feldman’s “Porous Insulation,” a site-specific installation that re-purposes discarded six pack holders by fusing them into a delicate textile. The textile transforms the rickety, embedded shed into an airy, ephemeral space layered in texture, shadow, line and light. Barrett uses the textile as though she is drawing in space, thus building up one layer on top of another.

Whitespec shows a series of stop-motion short films created by freshman architecture students from Auburn University’s Foundation Studio. The films fall into one of two categories: the first deals with movement of the human body through space over time, and the second uses popular music to explore visual communication through text and letter forms. Both are fascinating studies of architecture as an accumulation of small pieces into a greater whole, as well as a glimpse into how architects can document and represent their ideas via film.

There will be an artist talk at the gallery with Ann Stewart and Seana Reilly discussing their influences and processes on August 17 from 6-9 p.m.

Through September 3.

814 Edgewood Avenue
Atlanta, Ga.

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