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Endless: Laura Bell, Michelle Grabner and Amy M. Ho
July 20, 2012 - September 8, 2012
Endless is PLUG Projects’ sixth exhibition featuring Amy M. Ho’s installation of a deep projected space, the landscape photographs of Laura Bell, and Michelle Grabner’s process-based paintings. Restrained and non-theatrical, the works in the show nonetheless evoke monumental and highly abstract ideas of order, space and time. Viewers are presented with pictorial spaces, which, if only for a brief moment, make possible the loss of identity and encounter with the infinite.
About the artists
Amy M. Ho’s mind-bending installation creates a deep perspectival space utilizing overlapping sheets of tinted silk organza. The large-scale piece extends the architecture of the gallery by operating as a void that both invites and restricts the entrance. The duality of the generated desire to follow the path and the self-revealing illusion point to the nature of our experience of the world in general, and space in particular, as co-dependently physical and mental. Amy M. Ho builds video and spatial installations that bring attention to our existence as both physical and psychological beings. She received her undergraduate degree in Art Practice from UC Berkeley and her MFA from Mills College. Amy has exhibited at Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, Pro Arts Gallery, The Lab and MacArthur B Arthur. Awards she has received include the Murphy Cadogan Fellowship and the Jay DeFeo Award. Ho has completed residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and Milkwood International in the Czech Republic. She currently works and lives in the Bay Area.http://www.amymho.com
Laura Bell uses a large-format photographic process to create minimalist landscape studies filled with subtle detail and painterly light. Bell’s quite images of forests, bodies of water and snow-covered fields appear rigorously formal yet retain a residue of emotional fragility. The photographs resist an easy narrative read, in the same time drawing the viewer into the endless moment of their being. Mysterious and tender, grandiose and highly particular in their vision, the images induce a state of reverie at time bordering on the sublime. Laura Bell holds a BFA in Photography from the Cleveland Institute of Art (2008) and exhibits her work throughout the United States and internationally. Most recent exhibitions include: The Alba Series at The Silvereye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA; 31 Women in Art Photography, Hasted Kraeutler Gallery, NYC, NY; Right Here, Over There, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY and Macabre & Mysticism, Red Roots Gallery, NYC, NY. Bell’s photographs can be increasingly found in numerous online and print publications, including the Photo District News, the Citrus Report and the Conveyor Magazine among others. Bell is a recipient of the Keystone Fellowship (Silver Eye Center for Photography). She lives and works in Edinboro, PA.
The surfaces of Michelle Grabner’s black tondo paintings are meticulously inscribed with patterns of spiraling marks. The rhythmic movements follow the circularity of the canvases in mesmerizing repetition, creating a sense of cosmic depth. These works simultaneously insinuate the advancement of space, the recession of a point of origin, or the nucleus of condensed energy. The artist’s cumulative process allows time itself to become an embodied material tightly woven into the fabric of the work. Each painting reveals a universe writing its own cosmology in the meteor shower of marks. Michelle Grabner’s diverse artistic practice spans painting, drawing, writing and curatorial work. Grabner’s work is part of numerous prestigious collections including the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC. Her work has been reviewed in publications such as Artforum, Art in American, the New York Magazine and the Brooklyn Rail among many others. Most recent exhibitions include: Like a Rare Morel, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago; FLAPJACK, Rocket, London; More and Different Flags, Marlborough Chelsea, NYC and TIME, Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie, Zurich, CH. In addition to serving as Professor and Department Chair, Department of Painting and Drawing, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a 2011-2013 Visiting Professor (Painting and Printmaking), Yale University, Michelle Grabner runs an artist-curated exhibition space The Suburban. She lives and works in Oak Park, IL.