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Join us for the virtual reception celebrating the opening of two concurrent solo exhibitions: Afton Love: Perfect Union and The (Tense) Present: New Works by Neal Ambrose-Smith.
The (Tense) Present: New Works by Neal Ambrose-Smith, curated by Suzanne Newman Fricke, PhD, features work that combines a range of imagery and media to create a complex reflection on current events. Ambrose-Smith’s work references specific current events – including climate change, the current political situation, and COVID-19 – with cartoon cats, Marvin the Martian, Alice in Wonderland, Star Trek, and Joan Miró. A descendant of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation of Montana, his work often includes elements surrounding Indigenous knowledge. In Neal Ambrose-Smith’s visions, the present is overlaid with images from the past since we can only understand where we now are by understanding our cultural influences.
Afton Love: Perfect Union explores geology, particularly how rocks are created and transformed on the earth’s surface. Describing sedimentary rocks as fragile bodies that constantly lose their layers due to constant friction and interaction with the environment, Love states, “We cannot access the interior of things or people, only the thin layer of surface that covers them where a limited portion of reality is manifested. The stone is a metaphor for our planet and ourselves.”