Pamela J. Wallace
in secluded corners
On Saturday, November 14th, there will be a solo exhibition of Pamela J. Wallace in the Main Galleries. The Carriage House will be closed for the winter season. The work will be on display through December 6th with a reception for the artist on Saturday November 14th from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.
“Weeds grow in the cracks of concrete. Siding boards on buildings are almost parallel, but not quite. Rusting industrial machinery sits in the sun next to crumbling concrete structures.
We all know that the landscape of American manufacturing has been disappearing rapidly. The remnants of our old fabrication processes are getting lost as we push forward and collectively forget what they used to do. My work intersects the space between the things we can make, the things we used to make but can no longer identify, and the way things change over time. I look at the rich surfaces and forms of obsolete industrial structures, and old houses and buildings in our cities and towns. I notice the process of nature asserting itself around the edges of these spaces, as coarse weeds re-claim the man-made, and rust reveals the passage of time. I notice order and repetition, whether manufactured or natural. It often seems as though industrial processes mimic the order and efficiency of nature; both strive for an elegant economy of production.
Once in the studio, I combine hard durable industrial materials such as iron, concrete, and wood with organic, ephemeral materials like paper, thread, fabric, and wax. Sewn elements and forged steel make references to issues of work and gender. The process of making multiple forms often resembles industrial processes, but because I make each form by hand, they each have individual character. Often I lay my parts out like specimens in a natural history museum, or trays of parts on an assembly line. I imagine forms mapped out like constellations, where elements are distributed forming non-linear geometries. Order emerges and dissolves and even the smallest detail is essential.”
–Pamela J. Wallace
John Davis Gallery 362 1/2 Warren Street Hudson, New York 12534
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