December 02, 2007

Anne Polashenski, Japanese Interior Obliteration, 2006.

GO NORTH is pleased to present “Evolve Dissolve,” a group show featuring seven artists. The show will run from December 8 to December 30, 2007. A reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, December 8, from 6 to 9 pm.

The pieces constituting “Evolve Dissolve” are revealing studies of transition. Figures and buildings move in and out of being, new forms of life mature and pass, and patterns replicate in myriad fashions. The methods of chronicling these changes vary. Some of the artists’ work tends to focus more on process and structural elements, while others mine narrative techniques and visual relationships as a means of developing philosophical, historical, or political underpinnings. And all the while, time passes.

In Jonathan Allen’s Fallujah Dollhouse, we’re confronted with the ubiquitous image of our most current war—the bombed-out car chassis—over which in twisted ascension a meshwork of houses and cultural debris stream (and plunge) from a seemingly secure, stately edifice. Is the vegetation sprouting from the side a sign of hope or the green specter of consumerism?

The work of Aaron Sing Fox examines the nature of fabrication. Representation is a process, which Fox renders in painstaking detail. Be it the construction of a building or the casual growth of trees, Fox leaves up the scaffolding, inviting us to view the architecture of content. His art is a testament to the ongoing, mutable, raw quality of life.

Upon viewing Julie Anne Mann’s Mortifera series, each fashioned from the bones of various animals, one immediately wonders, ‘Evolution or genetic breeding? Unearthed fossils or a sign of things to come?’ Bewildering as they are elegant, Mann’s specimens actuate the tension between artifice and reality.

The figures in Sarah Moran’s work develops as we do, intimately, over time, in layers, evoking personality, consciousness, and selfhood as constructs of the biological and/or artistic form.

Anne Polashenski’s work investigates psychological issues of control, power, and entrapment, as with Japanese Interior Obliteration—a piece as luxurious as it is haunting—where an idiosyncratic dress pattern takes a viral turn, generating a dreamlike virtual space beyond the sleeping figure it engulfs as it threatens to move beyond the paper.

The utterly engaging “visual diaries” of Edina S. apply painted fragments of memory and narrative to concrete and resin figurative sculptures as a means of conveying emotional states.

At first glimpse, Stacy Seiler’s silhouette images of industrial landscapes appear to be the work of a seasoned B&W photographer. Yet closer inspection reveals tiny black flecks peppering the white spaces. With lines and edges so carefully exacted, these meditative pieces enliven the defunct structures while approaching a kind of charcoal precisionism.

Gallery hours: 12 - 6 PM Saturday & Sunday, and by appointment.

GO NORTH: A Space for Contemporary Art
469 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508