Vertical Gallery 2013

Vertical Gallery 2013
Friday, April 26, 2013, 7:00 pm

Opening: Friday, April 26, 2013, at 7:00 p.m.
Exhibition: continues to Saturday, May 4
Open Space presents Vertical Gallery, an exhibition by two dynamic emerging artists selected by local visual artist Charles Campbell. 

Erick Ortiz
"In a contemporary era where the human being faces a direct digital exposure toward the commercialized capitalist visual language, often we forget to experience directly the substantial focus or purpose of certain moments in our daily lives. In other words, nowadays it seems easier to look on the Internet for a desired art piece or exhibition than to fully engage the active experience of directly observing an authentic art piece or object. With the boom of an ever-changing technology and the accessibility that the human race has toward an endless number of devices that simplify our lives, it is easier to fall into visual language that our brain seems to comprehend."
Shandrie Woodward
"I have been interested in the recollection of memory for some time now, having taken notice of the peculiar experience of reoccurring dreams, repressed memory, and the thin line between imagination and reality. Working mostly from personal experience, I have attempted to recapture the memories and dreams that were created in my childhood. Using metaphorical imagery, my goal is to create a work that both represents and communicates the feeling and emotion and gravity of an ephemeral moment. Through the use of installation, the metaphorical reference to memory is made through materials. Used bedsheets act as a vehicle for nostalgia, being a highly personal material that has been used, touched, washed over and over, allowing the influence and energy of the events stored within it to create a tactile ground to work with. Colour also communicates the concept, the staining creating dreamy landscapes within the fabric. With a direct reference to the passage of time, the installation not only records that passage but illustrates how memories act like a stain, blurring the original memory, distorting and changing it over time."