New sculpture and wall-mounted works. Using the media of duct tape and contact paper, she transforms found imagery into complex and photorealistic illustrations that investigate the mysterious unknown and man's universally deep emotional responses to it.
Silverman Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition
of new sculpture and wall-mounted works by Mary Elizabeth Yarbrough, on
view from March 14 – April 20, 2008.
Titled "Symptom of the Universe" this, her first one-person exhibition at
the gallery, also marks the inaugural exhibition of Silverman Gallery's new
space at 804 Sutter Street in downtown San Francisco.
Titled after the Black Sabbath song "Symptom of the Universe" explores the
notion of a void which is both massive in grandeur and scale but are
visually imperceptible to man.
Constructed by hand, using the media of duct tape and contact paper, she
transforms found imagery into complex and photorealistic illustrations that
investigate the mysterious unknown and man's universally deep emotional
responses to it.
Although her fragile 2-D constructions are physically still, their diverse
surfaces seem to visually fall apart as the viewer comes into closer view.
"Thunder", Yarbrough's tactile sound sculpture of a black void emanates bellowing claps of thunder through low-frequency sound waves producing an intimate experience in which the person interacting with the sculpture can corporeally perceive the thunder within his/her body. Without physical interaction the piece cannot be felt. Another recurring theme in Yarbrough's practice are deep voids and ethers, things one may only experience physically, emotionally or psychically. From her personal perspective, Yarbrough approaches the concept of voids with the notion that they can contain a multitude of attributes. Inspired by images that contain crowds of people whose attention is on a single focal point Yarbrough removes the original source of focus and introduces either a void or ether. What we don't know keeps us invested in where we are now, waiting patiently to find out what it is we have yet to conquer or understand.
Mary Elizabeth Yarbrough lives and works in San Francisco. Her work has been included in many San Francisco and international exhibitions.
Opening march 14, 2008
804 Sutter Street -San Francisco