Have you ever seen an object left somewhere, whether it be an article of clothing on a park bench or a child’s stuffed animal, and associate a story behind how it got there?
This type of relationship, between objects and the stories we assign to them, is the subject of the latest exhibit at The Holland Tunnel Gallery in Newburgh.
“The Narrative of Things” showcases four artists: Kathleen Vance, Norm Magnusson, Shari Diamond and Tamara Rafkin, each working with their own perspectives of symbolic moments in the past or stories of the future.
Kathleen Vance showcases some of her “Traveling Landscapes.” With these intriguing pieces, Vance takes cases or containers that have had some sort of previous life and builds landscapes within their interior. The result is a new narrative.
“I am always on the lookout for cases that have some indication of travel, with notes and markers which give a feeling that they have really been used for transportation of someone’s special or personal items,” Vance says. “The landscapes created for each and contained within are inspired by these impressions.”
“Norm’s Memory Sale” consists of objects that Norm Magnusson found in his home. Although this might sound ordinary, what Magnusson has created is quite extraordinary. Along with each piece, he has written a “fictional-ish” story about how they came into possession.
As you look at each piece, you can scan the QR Code beside it and dive into its world. “All of Life is a Suffering Harmonica” reads like a sitcom or a situation we all know a little too well. Not to give anything away, but the feeling of “insert foot in mouth” came to mind, along with “oh no!” If you don’t have time to read all the stories while you are visiting the gallery, they are also available on the website.
Shari Diamond’s “The 60 Year Project” represents 60 moments throughout 60 years of their life. The images used have gone through a process that strips away the details of the original photo and results in almost a silhouette captured in time. The figures do not have faces, which allows the viewer to create their own narrative of the situation.
In “The 60 Year Project, #20” metal print edition, two young people are standing together with their arms proudly leaning on classic cars that flank either side of them. Are they siblings posing for their parents? Are they a young couple who just bought cars for the first time? The possibilities are endless.