ARTIST: Kate Rannells
CURATOR: Lisa Carroll
WHEN: Opening Reception: Friday, Sept. 13, 5:00-7 p.m.; Art Show up from Sept. 13-Oct. 25
WHERE: Jackson Street Gallery and Lounge
WHY: For the first exhibition in the Jackson Street Gallery this fall, UHS Arts Instructor Lisa Carroll, is bringing Oakland Sculptor Kate Rannells, to UHS. Ms. Rannells will show several works that consider ideas of what communication can be within the more than human languages of the natural world and how the human perception of time infiltrates our understanding of nature. The work encourages us to shift our understanding, to perhaps hear with our hands, and feel with our eyes. “Gold Scroll: What Will Remain II,” an installation made of imitation and genuine gold leaf, metal foil and salt evokes the process of decay and the release of all material back to the earth. “(A)drift in (An)amnesis: We Repass, in Our Memory, Our Whole Life,”a haptic sound sculpture made of found wood, electronics and sound asks the viewer turned audience to engage with all their senses, in particular the sense of touch. And finally, an installation of discarded maps transformed into a kind of visual dictionary of mycelium. Opening Friday, Sept. 13 from 5-7p.
Darkness is not the absence of light, but full with unseen presence. Time is not fixed, but a subjective and personal experience. What we perceive is not Truth with a capital T, but our human perspective. The need to make sense creates dualistic order which breaks up the squishy continuum of existence into self/other, good/bad, black/white. This habit of making sense through rigid and dividing classifications is hard to break.
Art participates with existence and matter in physically engaged, nonlinear, nonhierarchical ways. It is a means beyond divisions. Making begins with an intervention into the state of matter, an interruption in its process. Matter is not inert, but active, with a language of its own. Processes like accretion, corrosion, erosion, compression, and expansion are all part of the lexicon of matter. Using salt, water, rust, weight, air, sound and time, I speak the lyricism of matter as a metaphor to our relationship to ecology and nature.
Kate Rannells Artist Bio:
I am a sculptor based in Oakland, California I have a BA in Art Criticism with a minor in Sculpture from Fairhaven College, Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. I have just completed the Dual-Degree Masters program at San Francisco Art Institute, MFA in Studio Art, MA in History and Theory of Contemporary Art in 2019.