November 14- December 6, 2015

November 14- December 6, 2015
Opening reception Saturday November 14th, 6-10pm

Opening night screening of the Iris Film Festival in the backyard!

Room 1:

Sam Feather

Akasha Rabut, Sam Feather-Garner, Tammy Mercure
Curated by Jonathan Traviesa
Sliding South

Room 2:

Ryn Wilson, Lost Archives Video Still I, Digital Video, 4 min. 17sec., 2015.

Ryn Wilson
Lost Archives

Ryn Wilson is a multi-media artist living and working in New Orleans. She received her BFA from the University of Milwaukee, WI in 2006 and her MFA from the University of New Orleans in 2013. She works as a photographer and costume designer and is a member of the artist collective, The Front. Her work has been exhibited in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hamburg, Innsbruck, Oslo (Oslo Screen Fest), Vallensbaek (DIAS), San Francisco, Austin, Milwaukee and New Orleans (CAC).

Lost Archives is the collection of a fictional museum display, an alternate system for categorizing and exploring the natural world. The work in this show utilizes a variety of collage approaches as a way of creating order from seemingly random elements. Clips from various nature videos are layered together in a similar fashion to the shelves of collaged cards created from found and generated components. Landscapes are altered in an attempt to cull patterns from the shapes within. Natural elements are magnified, mirrored, multiplied and put on display.

Lost Archives began its formation after a visit to the Natural History Museum in New York City earlier this year. The endless halls of carefully crafted displays showcasing the mysteries of the universe peaked my interest into the connection between geometry and nature. The push and pull of order vs. chaos is apparent in the constant human struggle to control nature and it’s inevitable destructive forces. The museum displays elements of this planet in a perfection that is antithetical to its subject matter. Taxonomy’s, charts, graphs, labels and other systems are put upon these wild elements in a manner which fringes on absurdity. It is both proof of the incredible achievements of the human mind and a humbling reminder that nature will never be tamed.

Ryn Wilson, Lost Archives Video Still II, Digital Video,
4 min. 17sec., 2015.

Room 3:

Poppy Coles & Utah Snyder

A plat in the United States is a map, drawn to scale, showing the divisions of a piece of land.

A plait, pronounced plat in British English, describes a braid of hair and stems from the old French word pleit, which means to fold.

Now, to fold could indicate the portioning of two-dimensional space, a simple crease in a piece of paper. Or it could be a sudden crumbling, a collapse. But as things can fold and be folded, they can unfold as well.

In their first collaborative exhibition Poppy Coles and Utah Snyder will present two drawings, one image, and one sculpture.

Room 4:

Video stills from Star Date chapters: 5, 8, 11, 13

Brian James Priest
Star Dates

Brian James Priest received his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 2007. Currently, an instructor at IUPUI/ Herron School of Art , and DePauw University teaching Sculpture, Digital Arts, Intermedia, and Art theory. In past few years, He has exhibited at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (IMOCA), Kemper Museum of Art, and White Flag Project Space. He was winner of both the Efroymnson Contemporary Fellowship and 2015 CICF Creative Renewal Fellowship.                 

Priest asserts that his main areas of investigation and inspiration have been natural phenomena and interdisciplinary science, resulting in hybrid installations comprised of sound, sculpture, performance and drawing. Within this framework, Priest often uses his own body for both site and resource while his visual content is selected from a wide range of cultural references—from ancient myths and cosmology to science fiction and soap operas. Priest’s making process centers on acts of compression, expansion or conflation pairing studio-made works labored over long periods of time with quick responsive works created within a few days or even minutes before an exhibition.


Alex MacKenzie

Iris Film Collective

Iris Film Collective is happy to announce that their first multi-destination travelling exhibition of new analog film work will take place in October and November of 2015. The "End Of The World Tour" will present eight new films, all of which consist of hand-processed black and white 16mm film, as well as various other works by members of the collective. The films in the main program represent eight unique perspectives on the idea of the 'end of the world.' They also evoke the tenacity of life in an untenable environment, and together serve as a statement on the group's use of celluloid film despite the changing industrial landscape which enables that medium. From semi-narratives to poetic meditations on space to hard-wrought cameraless abstraction, the End Of The World is far more fruitful than its name suggests.

The collective is composed of Vancouver, BC film artists Ariel Kirk-Gushowaty, Zoe Kirk-Gushowaty, Alex MacKenzie, Lisa g Nielsen, Sydney Southam, Michèle Simone Smith, Amanda Thomson, Ryder Thomas White, and John Woods. Since 2014, the group has been creating their own work, collaborating with community members, and hosting exhibitions of work by their colleagues from across the world. They are currently artists in residence for the City of Vancouver's Fieldhouse Residency Program, and are working out of their studio at Falaise Park until the end of 2017. 

The End Of The World Tour will take films from Iris Film Collective to Seattle, WA on October 6, and from there to Portland, OR (Oct. 12); Tucson, AZ (Oct. 15); Albuquerque, NM (Oct 18); and New Orleans, LA (Nov. 14).

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