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IMPRINT OF PLACE
215 South Fourth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
IMPRINT OF PLACE AT GALLERY PROJECT
Gallery Project presents Imprint of Place, an exhibit featuring 14 local, regional, and national artists who travel the boundaries of cartography, suburban growth and development, landscape and fictional geographies to explore and bring the idea of a “limitless world” to the viewer. This exhibit runs from Wednesday, February 14 to Sunday, March 25. The opening reception is on Friday, February 16, from 6-9.
“Immensity originates in a body of impressions which, in reality, have little connection with geographic information. We do not have to be long in the woods to experience the always rather anxious impression of going deeper and deeper into a limitless world” (Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space, p.185).
The geographic location of a place is much more than its location on a map or the terrain a place exists in. What gives meaning to a geographic location is its history, such as the memories associated with a place, and context of its surroundings. The artists for Imprint of Place represent a range of artistic practices, conceptual methodologies and disciplines that use location as the starting point for their own work, but move rapidly beyond a strict sense of geography to convey the sense, or mental imprint, of a place. This mental imprint of the poetry of a location reveals far more about the original location than its place on a map; rather it serves as a form of mediation between the location and the artist’s message.
Curated by Gregory Tom, Imprint of Place, features the work of Adrian Blackwell, Susan Goethel Cambel, Christina Day, Frank English, Chris Erchick, Chris Fabian, Brent Fogt, John Ganis, Jacque Liu, Steven Mankouche, Toby Millman, Abigail Murray, Object Orange, and Juan Rois.
At Gallery Project, Imprint of Place is presented in conjunction with the Shrinking Cities Public Program Series, which, along with the Shrinking Cities Exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and Cranbrook Art Museum, introduces the theme of urban shrinkage as a global phenomenon, showing its effects on the cities of Detroit, Ivanovo, Manchester and Leipzig to provide insight into possible options for action.
Gallery Project is a fine art collaborative. Its mission is to provide a venue for contemporary art that is culturally aware, individualistic, courageous, and thought provoking. Artists representing a diverse range of visual arts curate and participate in its nine annual themed exhibits.
Gallery Project is located at 215 South Fourth Avenue in Ann Arbor. Gallery hours are: Tues-Thurs, noon to 6; Fri-Sat, noon-9; and Sun, noon to 4. For more information, call 734-997-7012 or visit the website at thegalleryproject.com.