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"Dwell" And "Eminent Domain"
March 3rd-14th, 2014, 8:00am-4:30pm
Closing Reception: Friday, March 14th, 5:00pm-7:00pm
George Caleb Binham Gallery is plesed to present new works by Miranda Lee and Matt Rahner.
"Dwell ": Miranda Lee
This multi-media installation provides the affirmation that home is a broader concept rather than a specific location, and is much about where we are from as where we are now. Proof of place is seen through the legitimacy of mapping and photography but used in order to reduce home to statistical data.
Social expectation is an imposed personal construct determined by environment and location. Miranda Lee’s production as an artist is based in installation using related assemblage, construction materials, and domestic imagery. She temporarily transforms spaces that create staged sentiment in order to showcase societal normalcy and expectation while claiming nostalgia is impractical, and inconsistent.
The artwork illustrates being controlled by Miranda’s personal set of expectations regarding four places she has called home: Shelbyville, Indiana, Columbia, Missouri, Harbin, China and Knoxville, Tennessee. The word home is commonly linked to words such as safety, warmth, protection, and the sentimental. Some items in the installation are sentimental mementos and others are stand-ins. By treating all the objects the same regarding presentation, the objects collected over time cease to convey preciousness. The use of alternative objects with the truly valued, adopts the claim that the sentimental idea of home and the objects of memory and nostalgia hinge on irony.
Miranda Lee is from Indianapolis, Indiana. She is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture and after graduation is moving to Knoxville, Tennessee to be with her family. Concepts of travel and home influenced Lee’s work after working for a local group home in Columbia, Missouri. There, she began to understand boundaries created regarding personal possessions, objects of sentiment and societal expectation surrounding ideas of home and placement.
"Eminent Domain": Matt Rahner
This body of work looks at the Wendall-Phillips Neighborhood in Kansas City, MO as it underwent a process that saw residents relocated, homes demolished, and the construction of a new Police Department and Crime Lab. The exhibition focuses on Rahner’s photographs and found objects, which form an incomplete archive of a place that no longer exists.
Matt Rahner has been published and exhibited both nationally and internationally more than 17 times in the past 3 years. His work has been awarded by many distinguished individuals, including Dominic Molon, the Curator of Contemporary Art at the RISD Museum in Rhode Island.
Refreshments will be served. All events are free and open to the public. For further information, contact Ferrie Craighead at 573-882-3555, email: email@example.com.
Department of Art
College of Arts and Science
University of Missouri