MCA Art Gallery —
30481 Garnand Dr.
Artalk: 7:30 pm, Monday, April 3, 2017, Black Box Theatre, McGlothlin Center for the Arts
Exhibit Title: Atmosphere: Material and Echoes
Exhibit: Monday, April 3 – Saturday, May 6, 2017
Closed April 14-16, 2017 for Easter Break.
There is matter in the universe that is so small and dense that it does not emit or absorb light. Yet, we infer that it exists based on information we understand about its gravitational effects on the expansion of the universe. According to NASA, we are more convinced of what this dark matter is not than of what it is. It defies gravitational expectations and is not observable with any current imaging technology.
Artist Kelly O’Briant’s exhibition, Atmosphere: Material and Echoes, is inspired by the presence of ideas like dark matter, that have no objective or measurable characteristics: echoes that remain long after a physical entity is no longer here, or forces we sense are affecting us but can’t quite name. She makes use of digital processes of scanning, 3D modeling and printing to consider space and the realness of things, searching for and printing familiar objects, much like on would find in a thrift store. Her work also explores the material and process of ceramics, creating vessels through coiling and pinching; the forms she creates seek to give volume and mass to her thoughts.
These collections of objects are used as elements within an installation. Many of the objects disappear into the matching colored wall behind them, leaving some flower shapes un-tethered and seemingly floating in space. At just the right angle, the piece is split, existing in both shadow and ephemeral realms.