We are thrilled to present TWO exhibitions this summer!
Michael T. Hensley
P Seth Thompson
PAM LONGOBARDI / THRESHOLD
A solo exhibition of new works by Pam Longobardi in our back gallery (shown in conjunction with our Summer Salon).
"I am a conceptual artist with a strong affinity to materials and process. My practice involves site-specific installation and studio-based production. Collectively, both these aspects of my practice explore the Anthropocene as a condition of our contemporary existence. In 2006, after discovering the mountainous piles of plastic debris the ocean was depositing on the remote shores of Hawaii, I began collecting this plastic as my primary material and conceived of the Drifters Project. The Drifters Project centralizes the artist as culture worker/activist/researcher and employs forensics as an aesthetic mode of inquiry. In approaching the sites as a forensic scientist, I am identifying the evidence of what could be perceived as a crime against nature, plastic in all its pernicious ubiquity. To balance and interpret the Drifters Project work, I engage in studio production of paintings.
My studio production includes paintings on copper and on paper. The paintings create self-contained universes where I attempt to visualize a future point where the Anthropocene may be clearly read through the paintings’ materiality. The most recent works reveal large, connected energy systems punctuated by the minutia of a microscopic lens, continuing my investigation of the problematic psychological relationship between humans and the natural world while simultaneously suggesting an interconnected fate. I utilize the genre of landscape painting to suggest future worlds that warn of a threshold of immense change, often depicting colonization and escape. Suggestions of buildings, factories and cities are minimized and fossilized in a future geologic layer. Miniature and solitary human figuration exists in caves and on isolated promontories."