"IDENTITY" focused on the use of art as a vehicle to investigate ideas of perception of self and other, human nature's tendency for judgement and categorization, and how life experiences work to form our contemporary selves.
On view in “ IDENTITY”: Brandy Kraft’s gorgeous, precise flower and petal portraits on panel include her personal narrative of being an artist, wife and mother. Alyssa McClenaghan sculptural work reflects her interest in the body and the home, - the result of being raised by a nurse and a realtor in a post-industrial town filled with Victorian-era history and architecture. Lacey McKinney's ambiguous perception-based figurative paintings suggest dissolution and change. In her strategies against categorization and fixed-identity, McKinney employs various techniques in her paintings including staining, bleaching, brushing, spraying and light sensitive emulsion. David Samuel Stern's large printed and woven vellum photographic portraits are imbued with a mysterious, internal gestural-like quality of each subject. They speak to a perceptible shift in the subject from engagement with the viewer to an internal dialog. Carrie Will has the unique fortune of being an identical twin to her sister, Rikki. She is an individual, while looking exactly like someone else who is of course an individual as well. In her "I am Redundant” Cibachrome photographic series, Will seeks to negotiate what that looks like to the rest of us.