October 6th - November 18th, 2011
Solo Art Project
Mary Fernando Conrad
Opening Reception: Thursday October 6th, 6 pm - 10pm
Closing Reception: Friday November 18th. 6pm - 10pm
IcTus Gallery presents IMMATERIAL, new works by artist Mary Fernando Conrad, an installation consisting of:
1) Tableau of refuse; 2) Drawings of the unobserved; 3) Identities in a vacuum-sealed bags; 4) Exit signs to a better tomorrow
Mary Fernando Conrad’s work investigates social infrastructure through the use of vernacular materials such as neon signage, plastic and packaging.
What would have been incomprehensible marvels to past generations, we now absorb, process and ignore as we move ever faster through the culmination of this digital age. With each season the waves lap higher and the tides scatter these temporary edifices erected so purposefully a minute ago. It is the ultimate irony of living in a world where mass production dominates that what has become most disposable is our attention.
Mary Fernando Conrad reconnoiters the spaces between making and seeing, in the context of this tension between the signifiers of our systems and we who populate them. By focusing our attention on the meaning carried within even the everyday objects — mundane, glorious, shifting points of civilization — Conrad restores the gift of consciousness. A salve and a shield, tools to materialize the dreams ahead.