Image details: Garth Amundson & Pierre Gour, HEAD(S), mixed media pigment prints, bank pins, 2012.
Therese Buchmiller, Victory Garden, mixed media collage and latex paint on panels, 2011.
Paul D. McKee, Disparate Dream, mixed media installation, 2010.
Opening Reception: Friday, September 14 from 6-8:30 PM - FREE
Artists Panel Discussion, Facilitated by Gayle Clemans, Ph.D: Wednesday, October 10, 4 PM - FREE
Closing Party: Friday, October 19 from 8-10 PM
Garth Amundson & Pierre Gour
Paul D. McKee
RESIDUE presents recent mixed media works by four artists that challenge and interpret notions of identity, gender politics, and domesticity. In our highly charged, ever-changing political environment, narratives addressing the home often appear to be almost quaint. The universal idea of home--a retreat, a sanctuary, and respite from a fast-paced and often-hostile world outside--is something we all try to define & embrace. Identity, gender, and the expanded definition of 'family' further complicate notions surrounding home. Challenging, investigating, and interpreting domestic themes are at the very core of RESIDUE.
Physically, the exhibition consists of several large-scale pieces specifically tailored to Kirkland Arts Center. Collaborative team Garth Amundson and Pierre Gour, Therese Buchmiller, and Paul D. McKee have designed an exhibition that not only expresses their individual, queer perspectives but also considers the context of the venue. The work presents intimate and personalized definitions of home through photography, sculpture, installation, and collage.
Together, their work re-contextualizes the conventional definitions of home. RESIDUE refers to the trace of experience within an environment. It addresses what we leave behind in the mundane, the entropy and physical imprint of the body, and our relation to private space. Residue refers to the torn wallpaper, worn upholstery, and the furniture stain left behind.
Collectively, this group of artists reconstructs, rearranges, and cuts-presenting metaphorical transformations of familiar objects and images into ethereal residuals. Some of the work suggests a nostalgic recollection of the past, while other works romanticize a future.
In conjunction with Arts Crush in October, artist Perri Lynch Howard will produce a new sound-based work in response to the theme of the show.