DEMO Project presents Blue at the Edges, a solo exhibition from Melissa Pokorny, and EKSTASIS, a solo and site-responsive project from Kristin Abhalter Smith. These exhibitions will open on Friday, July 14th from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. and run through Saturday, August 5th.
The title for this show is borrowed from Rebecca Solnit’s revelatory book “A Field Guide to Getting Lost”, where she writes: “For many years, I have been moved by the blue at the far edge of what can be seen, that color of horizons, of remote mountain ranges, of anything far away. The color of that distance is the color of an emotion, the color of solitude and of desire, the color of there seen from here, the color of where you are not. And the color of where you can never go.”
“In responding to the DEMO project space, I chose to focus on the home and its role as a container of experiences and histories, as a place from which one might dream of distance and unknown territories,” says Pokorny. “One thing that we all share is a desire to escape the everyday realities of home, and to surrender to the pull of the unknown. These blue places provide a reverie of distance and solitude, and stand in stark contrast to the lingering traces of domesticity and containment.”
Melissa Pokorny’s work focuses on the sense of place, and its role in structuring memory and identity. Her large-scale sculptures, mixed media tableaus, and installations incorporate fragmented images of landscape and nature that highlight contested spaces, edges and boundaries between the natural world and our presence in it. She is a Professor in the School of Art + Design at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.
This summer, Pokorny is a fellow at the Ragdale Foundation residency in Lake Forest, IL. She plans to extensively photograph and map the fifty-acre prairie at Ragdale. As in past residencies in Wyoming and Iceland, she’ll be using this immersive experience to create sculptural situations that initiate a perception of collapsing or telescoping boundaries between temporal, locational, cultural, and physical relationships.
The exhibition is open July 14th - August 5th. DEMO Project is open for the duration of the exhibits on Saturday afternoons from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. or by appointment.
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