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March 16 - April 13, 2018: VULNERABILITY | SEEING UNSEEN

Artist's Reception & Gallery Stroll

Friday, March 16, 6 - 9 PM

Exhibit Dates:  March 16 - April 13

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ART ACCESS GALLERY: Vulnerability by McGarren Flack

Everyone will experience vulnerability in their life, a time where they will be unable to help themselves either physically or emotionally. As an active paramedic, I have assisted individuals that are unable to help themselves. Mahatma Gandhi said, "A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members." It is not my intention to show societal weakness but expressing a version of human experience. I am presenting a series of paintings that express a weak point in someone's life, a lapse in judgment or a biological anomaly and the possible consequences that follow. Each artwork is painted life-size to allow the viewer to become a participant in that experience. It is important for me to share these scenes because I believe it will help the viewer connect with humanity. There is no escaping the feeling of vulnerability, it is blind to skin color, social status, and age. Once we have connected with others in their experience of helplessness, we can better understand how to help and support one another. None of these images are of the actual scene or of the actual person. I used models and set up the scene correlating to the image that is seared in my mind. It is not important to capture the exact look but to capture the feeling of the scene. As an emergency responder, I have learned to not react to a shocking scene because if I emotionally respond to the scene at that moment it could be paralyzing, which would provide undesirable results. I have to place my emotions deep until after I have delivered the patient to definitive care. These paintings help me process, emotionally and physically, the vast experiences I have had with others.

Most of the art pieces were given two names: a phrase or word describing the experience and the emergency dispatch code.

Trigger Warning: Will contain graphic content.


ACCESS II GALLERY: Seeing Unseen by Banyan Fierer

Seeing Unseen seeks to expose those with different abilities that are often ignored, overlooked or displaced. By weaving together images of the eye and the “I”, this work creates a complex visual and movement-oriented narrative. In the video portion, an individual has unique movements due to a brain jury and hemiplegia. giving him particular movements that is individually somatic. 

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The accompanying aluminum places reinforce the polarities in object and subject by creating a synchronicity between light and dark, positive and negative that speaks of solar and lunar landscape.

As no two irises are alike (including those of identical twins), so can we cherish the distinctive diversity of beings in all of their incarnations and begin to see them in a collective richness.

The copper "iris" is constructed utilizing the copper scrubbing pad: a metaphor for the "scrubbing away" of individuals and groups of people that may differ in ability to the dominant culture. The dismantling and reintegration(weaving together) of many hundreds of these copper pads represents the way we can see the previously unseen, allowing us the opportunity to embrace the diversity of individuality and inclusivity.

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