49 is pleased to announce the opening on May
3, 2001 of an installation by Laurel Garcia Colvin.
The installation titled Remembrance - Reflection, consists of
two series of works done as a tribute to her late father, the
attorney, civil rights advocate, and photographer Emmett Colvin.
Colvin's artistic focus, deriving from life experiences and
from her study of Asian art, is the juxtaposition of image and
word and the transformation of their visual and verbal meanings.
The installation is designed to recreate in three-dimensional
form the essential
complementary opposites found in Chinese landscape scroll paintings
(and as found in traditional Chinese gardens) of rocks and water.
And like the unrolling and viewing of a scroll, this installation
allows visitors to enter a meditative space and contemplate
not only the work but also the visitors' own lives and the people
who have influenced them. The Fisherman series: Words of My
Father consists of eight scrolls using the traditional Chinese
symbol of the fisherman within a handscroll format of transferred
photographic images, ink painting and text. Many of the transferred
photographic images were taken by her late father and depict
rivers, rocks, mountains, and other outdoor environments. The
images are juxtaposed by the artists' words and memories of
her father, and each scroll is themed to one of the values he
embodied in life. Each scroll appears to be unrolling from a
scroll box. The scrolls are individually mounted in large black/black-lined
shadow boxes measuring 57 1/2 inches in length by 20 1/2 inches
in width by 6 1/2 inches in depth. The Eulogy series consists
of two large companion hanging scrolls, measuring 100 inches
in length by 48 inches in width. Entitled Courage and Compassion,
they are made from layers of translucent fabric that
juxtapose photographic images of and by the artist and her father
with Chinese ink painting and text from the artist's eulogy
delivered at her father's memorial service.
The installation features river stones throughout the gallery
and the sound of water rushing over rocks. There is a long,
narrow scroll table containing unmarked scrolls and writing
tools for visitors to draw or write about a person who is or
was important in their lives. As the visitors' paper scrolls
are completed, the artist will fold them into long strips and
lay them within the space to create a visual metaphor of water/streams
running around/over the rocks within the space. "Mixed
media provides me the best medium for exploring my visual concerns,"
says Colvin. "With written or mass-produced text alongside
drawn or painted images or images from the mass media, I am
able to reconfigure these new materials into creative works
with both personal and public meanings within the traditional
Asian formats of the folding fan, hanging scroll and handscroll."
Colvin was a museum educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art,
where she recently wrote and designed one of the museum's websites
on Chinese painting. She has an MFA with highest honors and
a BFA with honors from the University of Texas at Austin, and
also studied at Pratt Institute in New York. Her work has been
exhibited in several New York City galleries and also in Barcelona,
Spain, Ireland, Texas, Westchester County, Connecticut and New
Jersey. As requested by Ms. Colvin, a percentage of the sales
proceeds will be donated to BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS.
Laurel Garcia Colvin's installation will be on
view at Gallery 49 from May 3 to June 6, 2001. A reception
for the artist will be held on Thursday, May 3 from 6 to 9 PM.
Gallery 49 is located at 322 West 49th Street.