The School of Arts and the Waller- Yoblonsky Gallery are pleased to announce the exhibition, Imminent Disarray, still-life photographs by Geren Heurtin, at the Waller-Yoblonsky Gallery from July 12-August 3rd, 2017. Heurtin is from Baton Rouge and her artist statement is below. We hope you can attend her reception next Thursday, July 20th from 6-8pm at the Waller-Yoblonsky Gallery at the Melvin Graduate Studios. For more information, please contact Rachael Marne Jones, Co-manager of the Waller-Yoblonsky Gallery at 406.214.6506.
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Imminent Disarray draws inspiration from the still life paintings of the Dutch Flemish period as well as some contemporary still life photographers. My intention is to create certain relationships between the objects that suggest tension, gesture, and disorder but come together in a cohesive state. I believe material possessions are something that can have the capability to tell a story far beyond their function or aesthetic purpose. I also draw from a Japanese art form called Kintsugi, a technique in ceramics in which broken pieces are mended with gold lacquer and transformed into a new object. Instead of trying to place my objects perfectly, I find their flaws and enhance them through placement.
Imminent Disarray is a continuing exploration of the still life genre born of an interest in portraying gesture in a photograph. I create scenes that look previously inhabited but are devoid of any human presence. The objects in my images tend to take on a life of their own by the way they interact within the space.
I grew up in a house filled with unique artifacts handed down from family members that fueled my interest in objects that have both history and beauty. To me, my images are a metaphor for the human condition, particularly anxiety. My thoughts often feel scattered, and they’re always running. They don’t stop when I try to sleep and when I wake they’re flowing. I try to draw in the viewer with bright colors and interesting shapes, but a closer look reveals characters in a disorganized state. I aim to create a sense of push and pull, light and dark, a sense of confusion, yet paired with the sense of harmony that I seek for my mind.