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Gallery Talk to Accompany A Sense of TIME Exhibition at Verve Galelry

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 17, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 3, 2014


Exhibition Dates: August 24 – October 13, 2012

Opening Reception:
Friday, September 14
5:00 - 7:00 pm

Gallery Talk:
Saturday, September 15
2:00 - 4:00 pm

A Sense of TIME puts the work of three of the gallery's artists together in dialogue. With great effect and deep sentiment the works of Susan Burnstine, Michael Crouser, and Douglas Ethridge converge. The work of all three exists outside the bounds of time, and yet is made of time's flesh. Only Ethridge gives hint of relative time through season.

Burnstine's work is moody and haunting. There is an urgency to the frames, a liquidity to the moment. A strange balance between fluid and fixed sucks us in. Due in part to the form of capture, home made cameras built of vintage lenses and household scraps, the frames have an overall soft focus with alluring moments of almost hiper-clarity. Waves and ripples in time open visually on scenes that are real, but somewhat loose, whole, but somewhat shadowy. Definition dissolves around you in images of cities and their monuments, parks, pathways, and bridges. All are mirage-like. Burnstine's world echos memory and half-formed dreams. The seen and unseen vignettes expose moments of the past, present, and future. Time intermingles.

The well described Sin Tiempo, or in English Without Time, are wonderfully poetic frames from around the world that truly exist in an undescribed time. Time is quite notably missing and universal; we are allowed to engage the scene for its raw beauty, elegant light, rich shadow, and open narrative. We can slip through the space and invent a tale, a time, or even just a moment. The archway in Carrer de Montjuic del Bisbe - Barcelona, Spain 2010 for example is rhythmic and damp- we can hear a pipe

dripping or clicking footsteps down an unseen corner. Carrer del Bisbe - Barcelona, Spain 2011 is shadow-spread but pierced with warm hopeful light. The stories go on and play out in scenes where cafe and shop owners open and close for the day, a beggar waits outside a church door, streets of booksellers sit surrounded by their wares, children seem to wander quietly and frightfully alone.

The sense of daily watching is logged in the work of Ethridge. His pieces do describe time, butonlyas it relates to season. Winter, the quiet dormant season is portrayed as slumbering and elegant. The dance of time goes on in videos and platinum prints.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit Verve Gallery

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