The Garden of Forking Paths

Opening Reception
Thursday, June 28th from 6 – 9pm

Preview Thursday
July 5th from 6- 9 pm

First Friday 
July 6th from 6 – 10 pm

The Garden of Forking Paths, titled after the Jorge Luis Borges short story, brings together three recent bodies of work from the individual oeuvres of Baldwin, Kinch and Murken.  Through two-dimensional and sculptural works, each artist explores the dialogue between space as it is imagined and space as it is experienced.

Katie Baldwin works in series to create non-linear visual narratives.  Her images utilize compositional structures such as inverted point of view and a defiance of scale, proportion and time to reveal the interior and exterior of both man-made and natural environments. In this work Baldwin uses the language of printmaking in combination with drawing, cut paper and collage.

Through imagery and objects of everyday life Nichola Kinch investigates the ways in which the picture of the fantastic is shaped in opposition to the commonplace. Her installation “House” uses large format photographs of domestic architectural features to further investigate ideas of illusion and permeability. The images are mounted onto fiberglass panels and cut, like silhouettes, leaving only a translucent framework. These fragments are arranged in the gallery to create a new space, which is clearly defined but utterly porous.

Katie Murken employs various spatial frameworks to explore the sites of overlap between the reoccurring structures of her work— serendipity, sequence, (mis)communication and archetypal architectures. In the installation “Freedom from Want and Need” hand-spliced photographic collages of a wooded landscape are paired with sculptural pillars of logs interspersed with casts of deflated basketballs.  These works explore the symbolic, anthropomorphic and rhythmic potential of the naked, leafless tree—totemic in its isolation, yet capable of producing the infinite fragmentation of space in its multiplicity.

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