Artist Talk: Friday, April 6 at 5:30pm
Opening Reception: Friday, April 6 from 6 – 8pm
Exhibition Runs: April 6 – 26, 2019
Alexis Kaminsky stacks, strings, and piles hundreds of polygons for her site-specific installation, Outcroppings. In keeping with her other assemblage work, Outcroppings shows how many small things, when taken together, can have significant results. By reusing cardboard shipping packages to construct gem-like forms, Kaminsky pokes fun at preciousness and avarice.
The hardness left after the wind and rain.
The rocks that jut forth after tectonic uplift.
The guide in the Grand Canyon said, “Place your hand on this seam.” I reached out to touch the rock wall.
“Right there, there’s a gap of 20 million years, a missing era.”
The year that carried big rains that washed away our roads and remapped the land around us, exposing old rock, now new outcroppings.
I think about climate change and the destruction that our hubris has unleashed on the earth. The earth will continue with or without us.
Outcroppings–the earth’s evidence of what has happened.
Alexis Kaminsky was born and raised in New Mexico. Growing up in this expansive high desert landscape has filled her with a respect and humility that reminds her of her place in the bigger schema and the things that really matter—place, relationships, and context.
“A few summers ago, my husband and I loaded our two dogs into our VW Synchro and drove from New Mexico to Seattle then flew north for a week in southeast Alaska. We crossed red-brown range and basin as we drove west across Nevada on Interstate 50, also known as the loneliest U.S. highway. We wandered through trees, moss, ferns, and so many kinds of green all the way up the Pacific Coast. We hopped from inlet to island, seeing even more green sprouting from black granite and volcanic rock and blue-green water in the Sitka Sound. On the way home, yellow dust and sharp manure replaced the mildew as we drove eastward across Washington. In Wyoming, we crossed into the red-brown-grey-yellow-green Rocky Mountains that stretched jaggedly to meet the bright blue, high-altitude air, and brought us all the way home. This trip planted the seed that became Outcroppings.” – Alexis Kaminsky