Cloud Memories

curated by Adrianne Rubenstein

January 23–March 7, 2020 Online
Karen Barbour_image 1

Karen Barbour
Untitled, 2018
Oil on paper
22 × 30 in.
Courtesy of the artist.

Amanda Friedman_image 1

Amanda Friedman
Ship I, 2017
Crayon, linen, oil, gouache, watercolor, pastel, paper
24 × 18 in.
Courtesy of the artist.

Hannah Rose Dumes_image 1

Hannah Rose Dumes
Wild Life, 2018
Oil, oil pastel, collage on panel
18 × 24 in.
Courtesy of the artist.

Austin Furtak-Cole_image 1

Austin Furtak-Cole
Pass Go, 2019
Acrylic on paper
22 × 22 in
Courtesy of the artist.

Erin Hunt_image 1

Erin Hunt
Breathing through your Ear, 2017
Oil on canvas
18 x14 in.
Courtesy of the artist.

Emily J Kiacz_image 1

Emily J Kiacz
Clear Swing, 2019
Acrylic on shaped wooden panel
12 × 12 in.
Courtesy of the artist.

Benjamin King_image 1

Benjamin King
Untitled, 2018
Acrylic on canvas
20 × 20 in.
Courtesy of the artist.

Alexandra Lakin_image 1

Alexandra Lakin
Persephone, 2017
Pencil, gouache, computer
10 × 12 in.
Courtesy of the artist.

Margaret Mousseau_image 1

Margaret Mousseau
The Hippie Sisters Flying Above the Ground, 2019
Colored pencil on paper
9 × 12 in.
Courtesy of the artist.

Jennifer Sullivan_image 1

Jennifer Sullivan
Tiggy #2, 2018
Oil and oil stick on canvas
32 × 30 in.
Courtesy of the artist and Five Car Garage.

Exhibition Description

Usually I find art in the world by following ant trails, which leaves a map of sorts, it’s easy to sort out how I got there, through whom and why, and yet it’s a near total mystery when something speaks back. I curated this exhibition by clicking over and over again on the random select button of the White Columns registry page. Is that how everyone does it? The artworks enclosed speak to patterns in nature, psychology and dream space that echo memories, made up memories, things I have never seen. The imagination.

Early memories consist of natural scenes for most of us. Our bodies are formed by nature and before we access language we’re interpreting color and sound the way we interpret trees and light after we have language. There is a deep affinity for the soulfulness of the natural environment, the shapes which allude to it, curves, color, translucency, light, reflection. In abstraction we have knotted emotions densely organized and expanded, articulated, suggested through the mirror knowledge of touch and time. I look at a thing and understand instantly how it was made by the body, a primal act with intention and purpose but also a swipe or a smear.

Narrative works encompass simultaneous worlds that are at once literal and metaphorical. Like a fable with dark energy and a positive moral, everything is witchcraft and a cauldron and the fire under the cauldron and the vision inside the crystal ball or the fire. The right and wrong way to go through things. A scene, slightly inaccessible is positioned among a few objects all of which have a meaning and are also people, each of whom suggests an interaction and an ending.

Our moral predicament is described through the pictures and places that are everywhere and nowhere, cooked up with barest knowledge. The sounds that come naturally before language, the light in Plato’s cave, a quickly disappearing spaceship, the shadow of a giant fir tree. A rainbow, a rabbit disappearing inside a cabbage patch. A carrot. Everything in the world is beautiful because of the possibility of nothing and the spell it casts over anything that we might be allowed.

This exhibition is the eleventh in a series of online exhibitions; this exhibition was curated from White Columns’ Artist Registry.

Participating Artists Include:

Karen Barbour
Hannah Rose Dumes
Amanda Friedman
Austin Furtak-Cole
Erin Hunt
Emily J Kiacz
Benjamin King
Alexandra Lakin
Margaret Mousseau
Jennifer Sullivan

For more information: registry.whitecolumns.org

Karen Barbour_image 1
Amanda Friedman_image 1
Hannah Rose Dumes_image 1
Austin Furtak-Cole_image 1
Erin Hunt_image 1
Emily J Kiacz_image 1
Benjamin King_image 1
Alexandra Lakin_image 1
Margaret Mousseau_image 1
Jennifer Sullivan_image 1

Karen Barbour
Untitled, 2018
Oil on paper
22 × 30 in.
Courtesy of the artist.

Amanda Friedman
Ship I, 2017
Crayon, linen, oil, gouache, watercolor, pastel, paper
24 × 18 in.
Courtesy of the artist.

Hannah Rose Dumes
Wild Life, 2018
Oil, oil pastel, collage on panel
18 × 24 in.
Courtesy of the artist.

Austin Furtak-Cole
Pass Go, 2019
Acrylic on paper
22 × 22 in
Courtesy of the artist.

Erin Hunt
Breathing through your Ear, 2017
Oil on canvas
18 x14 in.
Courtesy of the artist.

Emily J Kiacz
Clear Swing, 2019
Acrylic on shaped wooden panel
12 × 12 in.
Courtesy of the artist.

Benjamin King
Untitled, 2018
Acrylic on canvas
20 × 20 in.
Courtesy of the artist.

Alexandra Lakin
Persephone, 2017
Pencil, gouache, computer
10 × 12 in.
Courtesy of the artist.

Margaret Mousseau
The Hippie Sisters Flying Above the Ground, 2019
Colored pencil on paper
9 × 12 in.
Courtesy of the artist.

Jennifer Sullivan
Tiggy #2, 2018
Oil and oil stick on canvas
32 × 30 in.
Courtesy of the artist and Five Car Garage.