September First Friday: Passage

The curated exhibition “Passage: The Transference of Place” at Texas Tech’s Satellite Gallery @ CASP diffracts the work of current and former Texas Tech fine art students through an interesting lens: physical transference as a proxy of personal displacement.

Carolina Arellanos (Passage: The Transference of Place)

Full disclosure: my partner is one of the show’s curators, Ashley Busby. Through not created for the show specifically, each work provides a different angle on the concept of physical transference in a way that acts cohesive, for the most part. Matthew Wright’s Migration Drum, an actual djembe-like instrument with head, hoop, and ceramic body with images of (non-migratory) birds printed on the surface, has of all the works perhaps the most obtuse connection to the show’s theme. Superb as a piece of craft, transference of an image or implied transference of birds via migration provides a mostly abstract connection to the concept.

Matthew Wright: Print

Wright’s Print, on the other hand, serves admirably the show’s concept. Wright uses a wooden freight palette as a wood-block plate for a print on paper, and displays both print and palette-plate side-by-side in the gallery space. An object designed for one kind of transference (cargo) and used for another (printing) presents as clever printmaking with a tongue-in-cheek self-awareness of the piece’s own medium.

Matthew Wright: Print

Kristen Swartz’ Unknown Landscape with Dried Blood is a conceptual exercise employing unusual photographic technique with the uncommon virtue of not drawing unnecessary attention to itself. A photo painted in a blood-hue around the landscapes lines, obscuring them, each layer enfolds the connotations of the other into itself. In the image where a sun or moon would be is a circular microscope photo of Swartz’ blood. One of the most compelling pieces to emerge from Swartz’ MFA thesis efforts, Unknown Landscape’s superimposition of the bodily, liquid form of identity with a (presumably) familiar landscape accomplishes the exhibitions purpose: to call up the inseparability of landscape and identity with place.

Kristen Swartz: Unknown Landscape with Dried Blood

*Photos: Courtesy of Ashley Webb and the artists.

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