Current Exhibitions

Ann Holsberry: New Navigation

July 8 to August 27

“We need instruments for a new navigation.” -Morris Graves

Ann Holsberry is a painter who works in a variety of media. Her experience growing up on the Gulf Coast of Florida and journeys since then have been central to her work. She finds inspiration in the mystery of the natural world, and is fascinated by the movement of humans and animals across the globe. Cosmology also fascinates her as the movements of planets and stars complement these earthbound migrations. The transit of bodies across distances large and small, in conjunction with her love of found maps and scientific papers from bygone eras, is the inspiration for this New Navigation Installation.

Holsberry currently works with cyanotype, an archaic photographic process that starts with a spontaneous application of chemicals onto paper or canvas in the darkroom. She then develops the work in outdoor sunlight, often using elements from nearby surroundings in the exposure. Due to the iron-based chemistry involved, a deep Prussian Blue predominates. These works are then brought into the realm of painting by the application of pigments, as well as wax, ink, and embroidery. Throughout the process, she often reverts to the simple goal of letting this be an exploration of blue.

As she work outdoors with materials that are responsive to the elements, She feels a deep personal engagement with nature. This engagement is furthered by working with large canvases at the edge of oceans, rivers, and other bodies of water in an attempt to capture their ebb, flow, and sedimentation at that particular time and place. Through observation of these natural phenomena, Holsberry has gained an acute awareness of the changes in our ecosystem that require both humans and animals to adapt to new ways of navigating the world.

Andrea Bergen & Adrienne Heloise: Feral Kingdom

June 24 to August 6

Feral Kingdom uses two different styles of collage to explore human relationships with the natural world. Bergen and Heloise both use hand cut, brightly colored artists papers and recycled materials to amass dense, layered collages that reflect their backgrounds as painters. The whimsical paint-by-number quality of their collages gives a sense of idealized, playful landscapes that upon closer inspection reveal a darker message. Both artists are reacting to their fears of global warming and overwhelming loss of habitats and wildlife as a result of human consumption and waste.  Both use fantasy, humor and metaphor around these issues to help process the tragedy of what is happening and question on their own culpability.

From the HAC Permanent Collection: Morris Graves, Glenn Berry, Bruno Groth, Melvin Schuler & Romano Gabriel

January 1

“Selections from the Permanent Collection” features highlights from the HAC's superb holdings of North Coast fine art from the twentieth century. It incorporates a wide range of media, including painting, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, decorative and folk arts. Though the exhibition is ongoing, the installation is updated regularly.

 

Morris Graves Museum of Art

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