July 13th 8 - 11 PM
Gallery Four presents the group exhibition Ephemeral Arena during Artscape 2013. The opening reception will commence after the announcement of the 2013 Sondheim Prize winner at the Walters Museum.
Four diverse artists: James Bouche, Alesha Burk, Joyce Yu-Jean Lee, and Nara Park, each invent images and forms that reference elusive space in their own unique way. By distorting, reconfiguring and reconstructing familiar surfaces, architecture, and landscape, each artist creates work that challenges perceived reality. Their enigmatic spaces are difficult to place, both nowhere and everywhere at once, simultaneously generic and specific.
James Bouche and Alesha Burk challenge plastic media with a new media aesthetic, building architecture and furniture-like objects. Bouche renders heavy stone and monumental colonnades in black and white prints and paintings, transforming the archaic into something sleek and almost alien. Burke builds elegant table-like sculptures that draw thin lines with their legs through space—rendering welded metal weightless. The implied cube is reflected endlessly in a mirrored grid, invoking futuristic skyscrapers and totems.
Joyce Yu-Jean Lee and Nara Park employ digital media to redirect the gaze on landscape. Lee layers transient video footage of foreign countries that look strangely synonymous despite geographical distance. Projections of fleeting train vistas and setting sunlight evade memory yet also evoke nostalgia. Park alters familiar dimensional perspective with seemingly natural structures made from disposable patterned paper boxes. Despite being banal and hollow, her wishing well transports coin tosses to places beyond.
Ephemeral Arena is collectively curated by Dustin Carlson and Alex Ebstein and will be on view weekends and by appointment through August 24th
Gallery Four is a 10,000 sq. ft. facility featuring six live/work artist studios and a contemporary art exhibition space. Gallery Four is located in downtown Baltimore's H&H building.