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Further Geo_graphies of Impermanence :
Tasha Depp, Day Gleeson & Carolanne Patterson 

March 4, 2023 - April 9, 2023

Ki Smith Gallery is pleased to present “Further Geo_graphies of Impermanence” curated by Sono Kuwayama, featuring work by Tasha Depp, Day Gleeson and Carolanne Patterson. While working across diverse media, the three artists provide a range of perspectives on how we relate to the environment around us. Depp is speaking to human engagement with the environment, while Gleeson investigates the environment reduced to foreground and background documented through her window. Patterson’s work explores place through our relationship to time, capturing ghost images of people and fauna on ephemeral natural materials.

In Depp’s work we are confronted by beautifully painted images paired with “trash.” Depp collects both trash and imagery from highways, parking lots, and stream beds, exploring our relationship to the environmentally challenged earth. Depp’s marriage of clumsy and discarded objects with exquisitely painted imagery invites us into an equanimous realm where these things make poetry together.

Gleeson spent the pandemic overlooking Sarah D. Roosevelt Park. The constrained and static cityscape as a constant slowly dissolved as familiar references to space and time receded. Their replacement was a breathtaking alternative— a liminal experience.The fence and trees became indistinguishable from their shadows. Their substance was a circadian journey and the only constant was the wandering of the orange safety cones beyond the window screen.

Patterson’s work began at a residency at the Silk Museum in Tbilisi, Georgia, where she accessed the photographic archive of the 19th Century Caucasian Sericulture Station. Using a laser engraver she began etching the archival imagery onto leaves and mica. These etchings became almost transparent, adding a heightened level of fragility to their delicacy. While Patterson’s pieces appear as though just plucked from nature, the ethereal images reveal a sense of time, place and history forged invisibly by modern technology.

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