July 19 - September 28, 2019
This exhibition explores the mediation of nature through the lens, the vehicle, air conditioning–through modern machines. What does it mean when the relationship to the natural world is always facilitated and manipulated? The ubiquitous phrase, “Objects are closer than they appear,” frames the landscape as it recedes in the side-view mirror. Reflections can never quite be trusted, light bends, glass magnifies, aluminum siding becomes a funhouse mirror. Using video, photography, and site-specific installation, Katie Hargrave and Meredith Lynn capture the strangeness of how the landscape is mediated.
Hargrave and Lynn met at the University of Iowa, where they both earned MFAs. This body of work began when they attended the Signal Fire artist residency in 2017, and since, they have been collaborating on work that explores the American experience of the landscape. Hargrave is an artist and professor based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Lynn is an artist and curator based in Tallahassee, Florida.
This exhibition has been made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.