Saturday, October 18, 2014, 4-5PM
Saturday, October 18, 2014, 5-6PM
Disarmed by loss, three artists confront the silence of what has been left behind by the circumstances of the human condition. Through mixed-media sculptures and installations, Molly Burke and Bethany Haeseler each explore biomorphic forms and overgrowth on a macro level. There is a discomforting presence of being both consumed by and isolated within an environment. In contrast, Danielle Johns’ drawings quietly cast the viewer into a feeling of a longing & isolation.
Observing the details and repetition that occurs in our environment, Molly Burke creates sculptural work that magnifies these circumstances with the use of repeating organic forms. Upon closer examination, the work explores life & death, the fringe of where our need to preserve the dead & science meet. References cells & tumors, objects that have been lost or forgotten, and a cataloguing of specimens, she examines her subjects on a microscopic plane. Shapes and forms repeat as they are blown out of proportion to the macro level.
Bethany Haeseler investigates the human body from the inside out, demonstrating the physicality of abnormal growths and infectious diseases at the peak of an uninvited infection. Cell by cell, the abundance of these overgrowths becomes destructive to its once healthy host. Teetering on the body’s inability to heal itself against it’s own demise, the work explores the tipping point between mortality and it’s eventual submission to an uninvited disease.
Danielle Johns’s work pulls the viewer back in a voyeuristic way, creating a distance and empathy with animal figures that appear to be stuck between feeling safe and lost. The lack of environment is a suggestion toward a mentally and psychologically charged space; a space that alludes to existentialist views on the human condition such as absence, loss, disconnect, and uncertainty. A silence has never been so loud.
Molly Jo Burke
Molly Jo Burke earned her MFA in Glass from Ohio State University, and her BFA in Ceramics from Columbus College of Art & Design. Currently, she serves as the Assistant Director of Graduate Studies at CCAD and a board member at ROY G Biv Gallery.
Bethany Haeseler earned her MFA in Glass from Ohio State University, and her BFA in Three-Dimensional Studies from Bowling Green State University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art Foundations/3d Design at SUNY Potsdam.
Danielle Johns earned her MFA in Printmaking from Rochester Institute of Technology and her BFA in Printmaking & BA in Psychology from SUNY Potsdam. She is currently an Adjunct Professor of Studio Art at SUNY Potsdam.