KAREN MAHAFFY | ACCUMULATED EROSIONS
May 6, 2016 - Jul 3 2016
Russell Hill Rogers Gallery II | Santikos Building
Free and open to the public
Opening Reception: Fri, May 6, 2016 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm
San Antonio artist Karen Mahaffy’s exhibition, Accumulated Erosions, contains new installation, time-based, and flat works that explore material issues of accumulation and loss. Drawing from both found and recollected images, Mahaffy juxtaposes visual patterns and systems from opposing yet, equally familiar realms: private and public; internal and external; ordered and disruptive; precious and prosaic.
The works on paper in this exhibition specifically appropriate remnants of vintage wallpaper found beneath layers of building materials in the artist's historic home. To expose the contrived but delicate nature of these decorative artifacts, Mahaffy layers them with instances of graffiti—also found in her immediate surroundings—and the subsequent system of painted blocks typically used to “remove” it. Touching on similar ideas, Mahaffy’s related installation of video and cut paper houses, contrasts images produced from a place of memory against pixelated patterns of digital erosion. As layers build in each work, new visual patterns emerge and take over.
Shown: Karen Mahaffy, Study for a Parenthetical Loss, 2016, Ink Jet Print, Silk Screen, 17 x 28 inches