Exhibitions



Transfluence

Carol Peligian

October 07, 2008–January 16, 2009

Transfluence brings together familiar visual forms - paintings, drawings, and sculpture - to concentrate on a subject beyond our experience.  Two- and three-dimensional images pose questions essential to an inquiry that crosses cultures, on the nature of grace.  They appear to reference forms we know, yet when juxtaposed, intertwined, or fully melded with their opposites, each is not neutralized but intensified, and a new order is indicated.  Is what we see corporeal or spiritual; actual or evanescent; beautiful or terrible; a whisper, a touch, or an irresistible, consuming force? 

The effects of time and transformation are both implied and directly evident in the images, as external and inherent color and light change as we observe, and as figure and ground vie for dominance.  We are unsure if the implied time is measured in milliseconds or millennia, or if the transformations will lead to successful outcomes or dead ends. The surface of each art work reflects its viewers, and it is our recognition and questioning of the elements present that create meaning, as a conscientious observation of natural forms will do.  But are these natural forms, or are nature and our experience only the beginning?  What will the inquiry do to us in terms of time and transformation, and what can we discover of grace, within and without?

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