LINEAR TENSIONS: JILLIAN CLARK + GABRIELLE DUGGAN
AUGUST 4, 2016 - SEPTEMBER 3, 2016
AH Arts, in conjunction with Garis & Hahn, is pleased to announce Linear Tensions, an exhibition of new work by Jillian Clark and Gabrielle Duggan, opening August 4, 2016 and on view through September 3, 2016. An opening reception will be held with the artists on August 4 from 6-8pm. A closing reception and artist talk will be held September 3. Curated by Alixandra Hornyan, Linear Tensions will comprise two large-scale installations and several two-dimensional wall works by the artists, whose work confronts issues of memory, displacement, appropriation, labor and identity.
Exploring the tension between physicality and ephemerality, Jillian Clark uses construction-grade chalk and a snap-line tool to create immersive, floor-to-ceiling installations. By the very nature of the material, her chalk drawings are often the fleeting result of a deeply personal methodology manipulated to each specific space. Every line builds with each trace and stain, having both a direct linear record and a residue that falls to the floor, becoming interconnected to the next and playing with the sensory understanding of the work. Initially only working with blue construction-grade chalk, she has expanded her visual vocabulary by incorporating other construction-grade chalks in orange, lavender, black, red, and white, as well as resin, which insulates the chalk from its own temporality. As she says, “I want the viewer to feel the driving processes through observing the space and understanding their own personal reflections imbedded in each line.”
Building on and expanding techniques rooted in traditional fiber work, Gabrielle Duggan creates elaborate installations of disparate materials; glass, tar, rocks, wire, yarn, wood, paint, found objects, and other textiles. She is drawn to organic materials, and values a connection to animals through researching fiber production; from shearing, spinning, and hand-producing cloth. Reminiscent of the Post-Minimal fiberglass sculptures of Eva Hesse, Duggan’s installations and performance pieces challenge gender boundaries and labor value systems, addressing these concerns through the use of tension, repetition, and ambiguous meanings imbued in the material itself.