Curated by Tanya Gayer and Emily Lakin, Visions of Yore at Gallery Hijinks brings together selected visual and performance art from a juried call for artists whose work represents “an ephemeral state of being in regards to the visual and formulated exploration of memories.” These chosen artists illustrate the myriad of ways to interpret memory, time, and how these shape our internal consciousness and self-awareness. Selected works include those by Megan Gorham, Erin Mitchell, Alexis Arnold, Lori Hepner, Allyson Seal, Daryll Peirce, Dan Herrera, Kylea Borges, Christine Elfman, Lacy Davis, & Margo Duvall.
Alexis Arnold’s books frozen with heavy borax crystal growth are both time-based artifacts and geologic specimens. Books, time-based mediums of performance in and of themselves, also evince more nuances of memory and the past as all too often books are placed away on a shelf, awaiting the next moment the performance of reading begins again. The borax crystals succinctly append this to the work’s visual reading. Books carry even more layers of meaning within the context of memory, history and time than just the act itself, or the object’s time sitting on a shelf. Often, our experiences and consciousness of the world around us are shaped from specific stories, the books’ messages or narratives lasting longer than just the act of reading.
Lori Hepner’s series of virtual portraits based upon the 140-character Twitter updates bring attention to the divide of virtual and physical identities. This series looks at a genre of portraiture that is more time-based. Ephemeral moments of identity, as exemplified in social media, questions one’s impressions people via the web interacting with identities in the physical world.
Kylea Borges’ collages, whose materials are sourced from vintage and antique materials, are carefully crafted into forms that contrast man-made fabrications and geometrical patterns with natural materials and organic images. Her work acutely comments upon shared history: objects being both of its era and yet beyond time-based definitions. Borges’ works also illustrate processes of documentation and archiving events of the past and how they are implemented in the future, how meaning is changed, gained or lost.
Visions of Yore will culminate with a live auction of the available artworks on the final evening of the exhibition, July 28.