*Join us for a summer cocktail/open house July 25 (Saturday) at 1:30 pm
Jillian Conrad will talk about her exhibition and entertain questions.
New works that play fast and loose with how we distinguish objects from images. Borrowing from the worlds of furniture, architecture and music, the sculptures created for Exact Nature reference the human body in scale and implied function. Qualities that anchor the Exact Nature of things, however, are removed, reordered and revalued to suggest new things that are neither exact nor natural: a slip cover of woven photo paper extends the surface of a chair-like object; printed images of carpet fragments are assembled into an oversized architectural model, and the lining of a flute case swings free of its case. The surfaces of these lively and engaging objects resist and separate themselves from the structures that support them. The works in Exact Nature twist and turn between the physical and the visual, materiality and design.
*Exhibition extended through August 8
Jillian Conrad (born 1970, Farmington, NM) received a BS from St. John’s College, NM and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design, RI. Recent awards include the Artadia Artist’s Award (New York, NY), Houston Arts Alliance Individual Artist Grant (Houston, TX), and the Kittredge Trust (Boston, MA). She has participated in numerous residencies, including Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (upcoming in NY, NY) Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, CA), the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (Houston, TX), Triangle International Artist Residency (New York, NY), Lower Eastside Printshop (New York, NY), and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program (New York, NY). Important recent exhibitions include Sites and Settlements, Behal Fejer Institute, (Prague, Czech Republic), Artadia Anniversary Exhibition, Longhouse Projects, New York, NY, Not-not-not Image Objects at Meulensteen Gallery, (New York, NY), and Vista at Socrates Sculpture Park (New York, NY); and her work has been discussed in numerous publications including ArtForum, Art Lies, New York Times, and …might be good. Jillian is an Assistant Professor in the Sculpture Department at the University of Houston.