This exhibition explores the intersection between nostalgia and technology in contemporary sculpture. The five artists here incorporate very simple machinery to create works that evoke different aspects of nostalgia. Rather than specific lost moments of time, they capture more abstract, visceral registers of this sentiment, whether in the form of a sense memory (of rain, or of skin crawling), a personal history (moments of key decisions), or an aesthetic associated with memory (such as the historical documentary).
Each artist allows the mechanics of their works to be visible, effecting an atmosphere of reflection or reminiscence, rather than the forward-looking quality associated with technology. Their texture – simple gears, wires – are key to the works’ evocative power. The markedly un-mysterious technology feels familiar, from a time before the computer screen veiled its technology.
Meridith Pingree's work has earned critical praise and awards, including a SmackMellon fellowship and a Skowhegan residency. Pingree recently earned her MFA in sculpture at RISD. She has since exhibited extensively, particularly in New York. Her works for this exhibition have the distinct quality of a sense memory, of skin crawling, hairs standing on back of neck, and other visceral senses – abstracted, but somehow still familiar to the viewer.