shadows and dust
Form+Content Gallery presents Shadows and Dust, a solo exhibition of recent work by gallery member Jody Williams. Featuring mixed media prints, drawings, artist's books, and not empty boxes, the show will focus on the ephemeral aspects of dust and shadows as material, cosmic and metaphorical presences. Poetic references to shadows and dust date back to Horace's "We are dust and shadow," from Ode IV.7, and continue through T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland to the present. Inspired by these, and informed by other reading and research, many of the pieces in Shadows and Dust will include Williams' own writing.
Most of the works address either dust or shadows, rather than a combination of the two themes. Drawings of intensely lit natural objects depict intriguing shadows. Two digitally-produced artists' books include Williams' photographs of shadows taken over the past 30 years. A series of etchings combine thousands of dusty specks printed over layers of digital dots, atmospheric photographs and written phrases. Mixed media boxes, resembling miniature cabinets of curiosity, include containers of dust samples from near and far.
"For the past twelve years, I have been including actual specimens and artifacts in my work as a means to document with physical evidence the process of collecting and ordering specific moments in specific places. Containers of dust and other small particles will be included in this exhibition. Shadows, lacking substance (but not essence) are more difficult to collect, and have been captured with photographs and drawings. The fugitive qualities of both shadows and dust evoke the present, past, and future, and offer me many directions to take this body of work in both form and content."
Jody Williams lives in Minneapolis, where she publishes artist’s books under the name Flying PaperPress and teaches at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. She received a BA from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and an MFA in printmaking from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. Her work is in the collections of the Walker Art Center, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota Historical Society, and many other museums and libraries in the United States, Canada, and Europe. She has exhibited widely in the US and abroad.
Honors include fellowships, grants and awards from the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota Craft Council, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She has held residencies at the Frans Masereel Printmaking Center (Kasterlee, Belgium), ArtPark (Lewiston, New York), Women’s Studio Workshop (Rosendale, New York), and the Carleton College Library (Northfield, Minnesota). In 2008 she was the inaugural recipient of the Minnesota Book Artist Award, and she received Artist's Initiative Grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board in 2013 and 2016.
Williams' website: www.flyingpaperpress.com
November 03 – December 10, 2016
Saturday, November 5, 2016, 6 –9:00 pm
Form + Content Gallery presents Interrupted Landscapes, new work by Steve Ozone. Ozone’s photographs combine portraits of immigrants set apart from the landscape through the use of a canvas background in both urban and rural settings. These alternative landscapes reminds us that we, excluding Native Americans, were all immigrants to the United States at one time.
Born in Rochester, New York, Steve Ozone lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He graduated from Ball State University in Indiana (David Letterman's alma mater) with a B.A. in Photojournalism. His work has been shown both locally, nationally and held in private collections. In 2008 he worked with the St. Bernard Project in Louisiana to photograph families displaced by Hurricane Katrina. He received a Minnesota State Arts Board Cultural Community Partnership grant in 2009 and 2013 and a National Park Service grant in 2011. His studio is located at the Traffic Zone Center For Visual Art in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Steve Ozone's Artist Statement:
Through portraiture and oral history interviews with recent immigrants, I examine the journey, hopes, aspirations, difficult transitions, and how they each negotiate the compromises necessary in order to become American. Their images detail the friction between diversity and homogeneity, identity and assimilation and the apprehension of being recast in this new role.
As I invite their disclosures, I hope to foster a deeper understanding of my own sense of difference. As a third generation Japanese - Chinese American I’ve been spared the discrimination and struggle my parents and grandparents endured in the United States. My grandfather told a story of how he was struck in the head by a brick thrown by a construction worker who’s co-workers shouted racist taunts. As a young man, my father was imprisoned with his family along with 110,000 others during World War II, based solely on the fact that they were of Japanese descent. When my Japanese father married my Chinese mother in 1951, my mother’s family refused to attend the wedding so recent were the wounds of Japanese occupation of China in World War II. Nonetheless, through my parent’s partnership I was born into a life of relative privilege. Growing up in white suburbia I had all the advantages and opportunities my Caucasian neighbors enjoyed, such as the American Dream of a secure home and the expectation of going to college. Yet, my Asian-ness set me apart, a characteristic that continues to define me as different. Although we are defined by a discourse of being a melting pot, I feel I remain foreign in spite of my third generation status. Carlos Fuentes Macias tells us, “Recognize yourself in he and she who are not like you and me.” I am interested in exploring my parents’ and grandparents’ experiences and my perceived foreignness, through the life stories of recent immigrants to the United States. Through their eyes I seek to capture the tension that lies between the melting pot rhetoric and the immigrant reality.
December 15 – January 21, 2017
Saturday, December 17, 2017, 6 –9:00 pm