American Gothic: Aaron Spangler & Alison Elizabeth Taylor

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April 21 - August 21, 2011

Organized by SECCA, Curated by Steven Matijcio

This two-person exhibition mines the connotations of wood as a contemporary artistic medium in the dialogue between Minnesota-based Aaron Spangler and Alabama-born, Brooklyn-based Alison Elizabeth Taylor. Marrying folk traditions, craft techniques and subject matter spanning rural exodus to utopian dreams, these young artists propose a renovated portrait of the American heartland. With large, intricate reliefs carved out of slabs of basswood, Spangler creates darkly comic visions of post-apocalyptic ruin. A slightly more monotonous, seedy world plays out in the veneer “paintings” of Taylor, who breathes new life into the inlay technique known as marquetry. In the process, both artists translate venerable Renaissance techniques into a vehicle to document the changing face of society’s fringes.