Opening Reception, Friday, January 11th 2013. 7-10pm
Las Manos Gallery hosts an exhibition surrounding wood as the matter utilized in the creation of film, sculpture, print and musical instruments. Each of the show’s ten artists regard the material in a different light, using their skill to create pieces with a common thread- but with vastly contrasting results.
The collaborative efforts between filmmakers Elijah Alvarado and Kelsey Fox, along with furniture artist William Fitzpatrick, yielded a unique multi-media installation. A 4’ x 4’ cube made of reclaimed wood contains a representation of its animated form within itself. The project was to create a modular system of walls that could transform into as many shapes as possible while retaining its original frame.
Chicago printmaker Brandy Barker works primarily in letterpress and relief. Barker presses cross-cuts of wood forms into crisp paper, resulting in aesthetic designs while also capturing the history of a once-living tree. Her use of new symbols blur the lines of recognizable letterforms, creating work that disorients but exudes familiarity.
Artist Jeremiah Lee creates cigar box guitars, using the simple objects to load the viewer with visual energy. Lee’s love of folk history and utilitarian functionality lends to each piece’s finely tuned acoustic presence and sophisticated visual appearance. The hand crafted instruments come together with elements found in local junk shops, hardware stores and alleys.
Artists Elijah Alvarado, William Fitzpatrick, Kelsey Fox, Jason Houchen, Brandy Barker, Jeremiah Lee, Garth Borovicka, E.C. Rolwing, Michelle Peterson-Albandoz and Lindsey Pearson