Opening Reception for “Disappearance”
February 18, 2016 6:30 pm - February 18, 2016 9:00 pm
Cinnabar Gallery cordially invites you to attend the opening reception for “Disappearance.” This new exhibition is curated by Heather Knudson and features artists Chris Collins, Hillary Dohoney, and Margaret Durow. It will remain on view through Sunday, April 10th.
Disappearance is a broad subject, encompassing themes of loss and grief, absence, death, and fear of the unknown. Where do people go when they disappear? What happens when familiar landscapes are eclipsed by modern development? This show examines distinct types of disappearance and attempts to communicate the emotions associated with them.
Chris Collins’s works are cerebral sculptures, often satirical or ironic, that tend to question the excesses of our society. In “Disappearance,” Collins’s bullets cast in gold and bronze seek to make something beautiful out of objects designed to kill and maim. Discarded objects found in the desert have been cast or gilded in precious metals, reminding us of the permanence of trash and the slow, deliberate disappearance of our natural environment as human consumption continues to overtake the land.
Hillary Dohoney’s series of oil paintings on concrete, “Concrete
Jungle,” explores the detrimental effects of our compulsion to pave the world. Her ultra-realistic creations are plausible sidewalk scenes depicting the tiny plants and creatures that are injured or pushed out of their natural environments by the pavement that we deem progress, ultimately revealing a hidden world that is slowly disappearing.
Margaret Durow is a photographer inspired by the wide range of
human emotion that the camera can capture. Her love of photography stems from her desire to remember and memorialize the way she felt at particular moments in time. In turn, her often melancholy, thought-provoking photos each create a variety of moods and emotions in the viewer. In “Disappearance,” her black and white film photos evoke
loneliness, submersion, and a sense of retreat into the self. There are many ways to disappear, and Margaret is skilled at portraying how it feels to fade away – from friends, from responsibility, or from the crush of our busy modern society.