Oct 9th 2009

Tanya Hastings Gill: Ever Epic

@ LivingRoom Gallery

1530 W Superior St, Chicago, IL 60642

Opening Friday, October 9th, from 5PM - 8PM

On view through Saturday, November 14th

Ever Epic is an investigation of continuum and impermanence.

Paper, a delicate barrier, is the medium. The many illusions of artistic space are contained within paper. The surface is emphasized by incisions that simultaneously support, transform and destroy these illusions while revealing another dimension beyond. Light passing through the incisions fills an elusive and impermanent space with glowing reflective color, and forms silhouettes and shadows that mingle and react to the changing atmosphere and air currents.

Ever Epic is the result of Tanya Gill’s experiences in northern India where the relationships between ancient structures and the current patterns of daily life exist in a thriving continuum of history and custom. The piece Panorama, March 2005 to January 2009 underscores this continuum and fuses it with the common practice of using decorative tinsel to show importance.

Rise and Fall was inspired by the shifting and evolving uses of the ancient structures of New Delhi, India. The layering cycles of building the new over the old is common to all cities and Rise and Fall is a celebration of the changing nature of the dwelling through these cycles. The small domestic paper structures fit closely alongside one another, as if they are an overgrown garden.

Among these places, different moments of time exist alongside the present. This coexistence emphasizes the impermanence and continuum of life. Sensory contradictions, elusive experiences, and our ever present adaptability are revealed by the delicate paper constructions in Ever Epic.

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