Co-curated by Agnes Burris
The Carnegie Center is pleased to present the new exhibit Marking Time, co-curated by artist Agnes Burris and Carnegie Center Curator Daniel Pfalzgraf. Exploring such concepts as “event,” “present,” and “history”, the artists in Marking Time seek to reveal the elusive, yet always present, force of time. Artists Agnes Burris, Lori Esposito, Valerie Sullivan Fuchs, Matthew Loeser, Michael Ratterman, and Theodore Zanardelli present a diverse grouping of media and materials to capture the ephemeral experience of time. Time is not only a common thematic undercurrent among all the artists’ works, but it is also an active element employed in the creation of the works.
Exhibit co-curator Agnes Burris of Columbus, OH, often approaches the objects she makes from the perspective of a social scientist. Her dual academic background in anthropology and archaeology shows in her recent abstract works made using her collection of used canvases. This accumulation of past experiments and abandoned attempts provided the foundation for new layers of paint and collaged material. In these works, history is simultaneously created and unearthed through the overlapping layers laid down on the canvases.
In Lori Esposito’s (of Athens, OH) work, time is a burden that must be borne in her Evaporation Walks. She carries vessels of colored water and meditates to calm her mind and focus on the present. Esposito walks until all the water has evaporated, leaving behind the colorful residue from the dye on the interior of the vessel — physical evidence of the passage of time.
Valerie Sullivan Fuchs of Louisville, KY, works in video, a medium that is probably most often aligned with the idea of time. A great deal of her work has been spent on time and on histories of people and places. In her work in Marking Time, Fuchs has focused her attention towards the seasons and the changes they bring about over time around her rural home in Kentucky.
Matthew Loeser of Louisville, KY, has collected nail clippings for over twenty years, both his and those from friends and family. The clippings are records of the relationships in his life, as well as records of physical histories (through the dirt, paint, and stain remnants) that tell stories of what these people did with their hands in the past.
Michael Ratterman of Louisville, KY, is a funeral director who comes from a long line of funeral directors. Every day he is witness to the intimate transitions between life and death. He is often left with questions surrounding presence and preservation, and the elemental purity of hope, love, and continuance. This is reflected in his work, which focuses on our memories over time, and the cycles of birth, life, death, and rebirth, distilled down to an elemental level that unfolds over the course of the exhibition.
Theodore Zanardelli of Orient, OH, creates series of drawings. Each individual drawing is numbered, the date and time recorded as a separate event. The significance of the time-based relationships among these events is a central concern of his work, as every series is an opportunity to investigate the malleable nature of line, form, time, and space.