Thursday, April 08, 2010

Craft Alliance Grand Center: Friday, 27 August 2010

Elizabeth Keithline: Smarter/Faster/Higher
Curated by Luanne Rimel and Stefanie Kirkland

August 27, 2010 – January, 2011
FREE Opening Reception on Friday, August 27, 6-8pm
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12noon – 6pm; Sunday, 12noon – 5pm; Closed Monday and Tuesday

The exhibition features work by Elizabeth Keithline and explores the tension between the natural world and the world of technology. In Smarter/Faster/Higher, Keithline activates the Craft Alliance gallery space by drawing the viewer into a current of figures traversing the space. The exhibition consists of multiple woven wire human figures that cross the Gallery from south to north. Crawling from a group of wire trees on one side, they slowly begin to walk, then run, then stretch to ascend the opposite wall. On that wall, the same group of trees is arrayed, but this time as drawn by a Drawbot, a machine that has produced an exact replica of the trees on the south wall. This trip across the gallery symbolizes mankind’s evolution, particularly as it relates to our use of technology. It poses the questions, “As it increases our mental capacity, does technology make us better?” and “Will our relationship to nature change as technology changes us?” Viewers will be able to walk among the figures, fully engaging in the installation. They will experience separate ‘shadow installations’ on the walls, columns and floor of the gallery.

Craft Alliance in the Kranzberg Arts Center
501 N. Grand
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 534-7528


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