The following is a series of images from solo exhibitions conceived during the COVID epidemic.
Love and Rage in Times of Confict
A fantastical installation exploring diametric emotions and their effects on our ability to communicate in meaningful and productive ways when strong emotions are at play.
Love and Rage in Times of Conflict is the inaugural exhibition for cactusBARN; an independent artist run exhibition space that is located in the King William neighborhood @ 613 Mission Street, SATX. It can be visited by appointment. Appointments can be made @ cactusbarn23 @ instagram or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suspended off the back wall, a larger than life, anthropomorphic chrysanthemum gobbling down a small pill looms out over the space. Insects made from the words yes/no/maybe float around the room taunting us to accept, reject or ignore their actions. In the center of the room a bread-and-butter table acts as invitation to” break bread” and share concerns. But wait, the stools are butter, and one has melted. Is Lawrence implying meaningful dialogue is futile or that sometimes it’s just damn hard?
A nine foot diameter painted, paper and wire flower with a large mouth at the center echos Audrey in "Little Shop of Horrors", the imagery from "Court of the Crimson King", Edvard Munch's "The Scream" and Goya's, "You won't get anywhere by shouting; folio 39 from the Black Border Album 'E'" and perhaps, on occasion you and me.
Pink ant with green multi-petal collar on top of bread table with gigantic chrysanthemum looming in the background.
36" square toast table with butter stools. Yes, No, Maybe buttons sit on a platter atop the table. On the floor rests a melted butter stool covered by two arguing felt army ants . Negotiations at this table seem to have gone awry.
Maroon felt army ant. These ants have mouth on both ends of their bodies so they can discuss opposing points of view simultaneously.
Fisheye view of a large wooden question mark painted like the sky and surrounded by gilded insects made from the mirrored workds YES, NO, and MAYBE.
A gilded coin machine with a totem made from the mirrored words yes, no, and maybe provides guidance to anyone willing to ask a question and drop a quarter into the machine.
Wooden grouping of blue daisies surrounded by insects made using the mirrored words We,Will, Work, and Play.