Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 6:30pm
Allegheny Art Galleries
Speculative Geographies incites shifts in perspective: from the human body to the environment, from the present to a hypothetical future or alternate reality. In an era defined by both new technologies and climate change, we increasingly understand ourselves as participants in a vast network of nonhuman relations.
Artists Andrew Erdos, Yasue Maetake, and Barry Underwood visualize those networks. Mountainous glass sculptures by Erdos evoke topographies from another time or from some other planet. Conjuring hybrid plant-animals or fantastical structures, Maetake’s constructions in fiber, bone, metal, and resins could populate extraterrestrial terrain. Barry Underwood transforms recognizable landscapes through light and sculptural installations, making long-exposure photographs that appear otherworldly and animated by their own mysterious life-force. From the vantage point of an increasingly precarious present, Speculative Geographies envisions possible realities in which humans may or may not play a role.
On view October 8 – November 17. Please join us on Tuesday, October 8 for an artist panel discussion, 6:30-7:30 in Allegheny College Campus Center rooms 301/302, followed by an opening reception in the Allegheny Art Galleries, 7:30-9:00. Light fare and refreshments will be served.
Speculative Geographies is curated by Paula Burleigh, Allegheny Art Galleries Director.
Photo Credit: Maetake, Symbolic Atmosphere