RAHWAY — ” Traveling Landscapes,” showcasing work by Brooklyn artist Kathleen Vance, will be on display next month at 1591 Gallery in Rahway. The exhibit opens on Friday, Oct. 4, with a free public reception from 6-9 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
Vance shows a series of three-dimensional vignettes of nature encased within suitcases, steamer trunks and train cases aged through travel. The partially opened cases hold flowing streams and rivers coursing through miniature landscapes. Each case depicts a scene of life and growth, illuminated within, reflecting the artist’s desire to capture a part of nature untouched by humans and to juxtapose lush pastoral scenes with the actuality of their physical surroundings.
The trunks and cases elicit visions of travel, preciousness and possession – touching on an accepted value of claims and proprietorship that are placed on plots of land, which carries over to water rights.
Vance also exhibits a series of highly detailed nature drawings related to the “Traveling Landscapes” installation.
The “Traveling Landscapes” opening reception is timed with the 2nd annual Culture Crawl, an art walk featuring more than 40 events throughout Rahway Arts District. The exhibit fits within the larger theme of The River, a guiding concept for Culture Crawl 2013 visual arts displays and performances. More information and the Culture Crawl map are available on CultureCrawl.org.
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