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January 26 - February 18, 2018

Erin Raedeke – "Patterns of Behavior"

Frable Gallery

Opening Reception for the Artists
Fourth Friday, January 26, 2018
7:00-10:00 pm
Free and Open to the Public

Closing Artist Talk
Sunday, February 18, 2018
2:00 pm
Free and Open to the Public

Using objects and textures from her past, Erin Raedeke explores incessant cycles of behavior. In this solo exhibition, careful observation of everyday objects damaged and rendered useless reveals old patterns and perceptions.

Artist Statement

I am interested in the unwanted and dismissed. Objects are both stumbled upon and purposefully chosen. Thoughts, memories and past experiences are scavenged through in an effort to find meaning and uncover connections. My paintings document this search. The set-up allows me to object to preconceived ideas and assumptions; challenge an image or impression that is forced upon an object or relationship.

I am interested in the limits of what an observational painting can be. All my work is done from life, and I attempt to challenge the parameters of what has been handed down to me as a perceptual painter. The formal aspects of painting have always been a driving force in my work, as is a developing narrative. Within the paintings, dichotomies play out. What appears as a study of color or light, upon closer inspection reveals a palpable object. A ripped cloth implies a violent action has taken place, yet the execution of the painting is very controlled and nuanced. First impressions cannot be trusted; appearances are never what they seem.

Everything has meaning. Seemingly random objects we encounter, no matter how unceremoniously, hold a flood of associations and truths buried in the subconscience. The only way to tease them out is through sensitive observation and suspension of prejudice.

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