Thursday, June 3, 2010

In Significance at Kiang Gallery extended

Posted By on Thu, Jun 3, 2010 at 6:18 PM

click to enlarge POD CAST: Williams and Gates collaborated on "Paradox," (2010) for In Significance.
  • POD CAST: Williams and Gates collaborated on "Paradox," (2010) for In Significance.

Annette Gates and Pandra Williams' exceptional joint show In Significance will remain on view through July 31. If you haven't yet visited Kiang Gallery to see the show, consider my finger shaken at you. Williams' installation "Radicis" is arresting in its tranquility, and Gates and Williams' collaborative piece "Paradox" is a three-dimensional romp through the circle of life. As CL visual arts critic Deanna Sirlin noted in her review last April:

Gates and Williams collaborated on "Paradox." Gates' small, stemmed greenish pods poke out from the wall and extrude from a shriveled pumpkin-like organ made by Williams. The work's title may refer to the renewal of life through death, as the seedy bits – bearers of the next generation – burst forth from the rotting vegetation.

In "Radicis," Williams hybridizes the natural world and the technological one. The installation combines handmade porcelain sculptures with laminated mulberry paper, 465 LED lights, solar panels and a battery bank. Giant roots seem to creep into the gallery from outside at ceiling height. Lotus-like porcelain forms glow internally, their lights pulsing at varying speeds emulating different human breathing patterns. Although Williams' work often reveals a grotesque side of the natural world, with depictions of nests or hives made of mud and other abject materials, "Radicis" is gently meditative and hypnotic.

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