An Exhibition By Casey Whittier
June 26th 6pm-9pm
What happens when an object’s physical and identifying qualities are changed so drastically that the object teeters on the edge of no longer being what it was? If “string” cannot be manipulated, in what way is it still string? If it is no longer string, is it merely a relic of its former self? How does the physicality of an object or a material inform the system we use to evaluate it? What is more important: what is present or what is absent?
I choose to work primarily in clay for its inherent variations in surface and texture, its ability to mimic, to be thick, thin, ephemeral or permanent. Liquid or solid, it can be soft and pliable or fragile and brittle. It can take on its own shape or be used to embrace the form and surface of another substance.
Much of my larger body of work is concerned with issues of time, legacy, memory and mortality. I come to this work with the same fascination and devoted interest in a material that has played a role in the domestic and industrial spheres of nearly every known culture. This allows me to both tap the collective memory of inhabited spaces (house/home) and to make work that is specific to the Hown’s Den and its inhabitants.
Casey Whittier holds a BFA from KCAI and an MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Growing up in Maine, her love for collections, textures and anything with a past was enhanced by a childhood spent in a big old house that was full of secrets, surprises and heirloom dust. Whittier currently teaches at JCCC, Park University and will be teaching at KCAI for the 2014-15 school year.
This weeks film will take place at PLUG Projects in conjunction with their film nights, Frames Per Second. The Films include Moyra Davey’s “50 Minutes” and two shorts by Sasha Waters “The Waiting Time” and “Our Summer Made Her Light Escape”. The screening will start at 8pm.
After much reworking it is finally here! The 2014 Backyard Film series at The Hown’s Den. This year the theme focuses on six mother centered films. All films will be screened outside and guests are welcome to bring along blankets and snacks. All screenings will begin at 7:30pm with a short introduction to the work.