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Division of Labor: Anne Wilson, John Paul Morabito and Fernando Orellana

Sept. 5–Oct. 11, 2013

Monroe-Brown Gallery


Anne Wilson's work evolves in a conceptual space where social and political ideas encounter the material processes of handwork and industry, where the organization of fields and the objects they help generate is constantly subverted by the swarming, anarchic energy of the objects themselves. Wilson investigates the micro- and macrocosms of networks and matrices through weave, stitch, crochet, knot, net, animation, and sound. Her source materials - hair, linen, lace, pins, wire, glass, and thread - are the props of both domestic culture and larger social systems. Wilson joins together the points where these systems overlap, and where issues of sexuality and decorum, vitality and death construct meaningful relationships.

In positioning weaving as a time-based medium, John Paul Morabito draws connections to video and sound. Each system is based in the logic of working line-by-line, whether it is frame-by-frame, wave-by-wave, or thread-by-thread, building videos and sound like textiles. The resulting compositions become immaterial textiles that offer the viewer the experience of textile labor. This is an exploration of materiality through a completely immaterial mode of representation. Time is documented and experienced kinetically, aurally, and materially.

Fernando Orellana's recent works are based on the concepts of "dying and birthing for generations upon generation, as we hurtle through space and time, helplessly out of control. Approaching the future at an ever-increasing pace and plugged into one another ingenuously, we perpetually dismantle and assemble each other. Along the way encountering irregular moments of nirvana, keeping us interested and entertained."
Taking on varying forms and mediums, the visions that have surfaced lean towards conversations about the nature of reality, and the relationship of work principles and communications we share with one another.