May 6 – 29, 2021
The May showing at SHIFT GALLERY features artists Karey Kessler, Anna Macrae, Miha Sarani and David Traylor along with writer William Marsh. Musical accompaniment by The Vanity Host. Based on their ongoing conversations about things lost and found, they explore memory, discovery and loss through painting, sculpture, and writing. Each brings their own unique experiences and artistic talents to look at a subject that is both appropriate in context of our current times but also asks universal and important questions about our lives and place in the world. It has been a common and consistent thread in the work of these artists.
The show is comprised of two parts. The first part, Lost and Found, is a multi-media collaborative work which has been inspired by the essays of William Marsh. The second part is playfully entitled “it must be here somewhere” which highlights new and current work by the individual artists.
Open Saturdays 12-5pm
Closing: May 29th
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Karey Kessler uses watercolor, stencils, stamps and freehand writing to create map inspired paintings that question our sense of knowing exactly where we are and challenge conventional notions of space and time. For many, it currently feels like we’re wandering around in the dark without a map. Kessler hopes that her maps — which embrace the fact that we don’t truly know where we are in this life — can act as a prayer for guidance for both our planet and for ourselves.
Anna Macrae takes everyday detritus from our apparently average lives, and builds sculptural forms to honor our shared experiences and connections to what might be lost and what might be found. Macrae has morphed ceramic vessels created by David Traylor, and incorporated the writings of Billy Marsh in her multi-layered renderings. Her aim is to make beautiful messy imperfections reflecting life’s journey of discovery whilst being grounded in the mundane.
William Marsh is a writer and teacher who explores the intersections of spiritualty and culture. In his essays for this exhibit, he looks at lost and found as the seminal story of existence. He articulates how lost and found shapes and constructs the realities we inhabit, the paths and realities we pursue and seek: what we see and what we do not. How lost and found enable life to become what it is. In contemplating the point of losing and meditating on the marvel of finding, we take meaning apart. Then we find it again.
Miha Sarani’s art practice aims to explore the elements of everyday life. His interest lies in bring about an exploration of a dialogue with the past while engaging with current issues; addressing cyclical occurrences throughout history, but with contemporary challenges. His work relies heavily on suggested narrative since nothing cuts through with more immediacy and efficiency than the figure. Figuration carries a longevity of tradition and global understanding; connecting viewer with our past, while allowing them to contemplate the present.
David Traylor’s work is a continuing study of pattern, place and presence. Working at the nexus of art and landscape architecture, Traylor creates works that explore the interplay between order and chaos found in the natural and built environments – a struggle that creates beauty, new ideas, deeper understanding and repose but also discordance, ambiguity, turbulence and ugliness. Traylor has created an imaginary garden of lost and found documented with drawings and ceramic models of “garden follies”.