Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, June 1, 7pm to 9pm
June 1 – July 1, 2018
Gibbs Street Gallery, VisArts, 1st floor
VisArts is pleased to present a solo exhibition of Miranda Brandon’s photographic work that challenges how we perceive the world around us and strives to promote a greater understanding and appreciation for the interconnectivity between human and non-human animals.
Impact had its origins with Brandon’s work as a volunteer with Audubon Minnesota’s Project BirdSafe, which monitors bird deaths due to window strikes. While collecting dead and injured birds along an urban survey route, she bore witness to the relatively modern phenomenon of avifauna attempting to navigate the reflective surfaces of built space, with its often fatal consequences.*
Evolving from that experience, Impact literally and figuratively enlarges the issues faced by birds when moving through built spaces, giving visual voice to their plight. Birds appear 6 to 12 times their natural size, depicted as if at the moment of impact or just after: falling through the air, or posed in quiet portraiture with heads drawn at eerily unnatural angles. At such a large scale the birds cannot be easily tidied up and discarded. The photographs demand physical and contemplative space for their subjects, offering in return an intimate view of each bird and allowing minute details to be revealed. The beauty of the birds coupled with their abnormal postures provokes viewers to consider how humans impact the spaces we occupy.
Impact is not focused on the statistics of overall population flux, as birds face many issues beyond buildings (i.e. cat predation and habitat loss) and many of the birds found at the foot of buildings are birds not considered at risk for population decline. Instead Impact is concerned with how these deaths affect the immediate communities and families of each individual bird and the morality of how we (humans) choose to live with other beings. Designed to generate new awareness and knowledge of the presence of birds in our everyday lives Impact expands our capacity to care more about them, and about other non-human animals.
*Birds were collected while volunteering for Audubon MN and were turned over to their institutional partner, the Bell Museum of Natural History. It is illegal, under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, for individuals (with some exceptions) to possess birds, bird feathers, or bird nests (with exception of “pest” bird species).
About the artist: Miranda Brandon is an animal enthusiast and advocate. Her multimedia work challenges how we perceive the physical and psychological constructs of the world around us and strives to promote a greater understanding and appreciation for the interconnectivity between human and non-human animals. Originally from Oklahoma, Brandon moved to Minneapolis to obtain her B.F.A. from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and later completed her M.F.A. at the University of Minnesota in 2014. Since then, Brandon has received a Jerome Emerging Artist Fellowship, has exhibited work as a Showcase Artist at the Bell Museum of Natural History, and has been featured by Audubon magazine, while also teaching photography and participating in various volunteer activities in Minnesota. Currently, Brandon is creating new work as a Tulsa Artist Fellow, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. mirandabrandon.com
Behind the Sun
June 1 – July 1, 2018
Common Ground Gallery, VisArts, 2nd floor
Gabe Brown uses a visual vocabulary derived from a world that often goes unnoticed. Everyday events such as conversations between birds, forces that drive water, or the cellular structure of plant life, are starting points for paintings that become conversations between nature and the man-made.
About the artist: Gabe Brown was born in Tucson, Arizona and raised in New York City. She received her B.F.A. degree from The Cooper Union and was awarded a Full Fellowship to attend the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She received her M.F.A. in Painting from the University of California, Davis. In 2014 she was the recipient of the Sustainable Arts Foundation Award and chosen to be one of two artists for a public arts project for ArtBridge. Last year she was a Resident Fellow at The Saltonstall Foundation in Ithaca, New York. Her paintings and works on paper have been exhibited nationally in galleries and museums such as Kenise Barnes Contemporary Art, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, Butters Gallery, Matteawan Gallery, The Saratoga Arts Center, Garrison Arts Center, John Davis Gallery, ArtsWestchester, Schweinfurth Arts Center, SUNY Brockport, The Horticultural Society of New York, Albany International Airport, Sears-Peyton Gallery, and Carrie Haddad Gallery. Her work has been featured on the cover of Chronogram, and most recently she has been interviewed for WDST radio in Woodstock, New York and KBOO/Art Focus in Portland Oregon in conjunction with her solo show at Butters Gallery. Gabe Brown is an Adjunct Professor in Painting and Drawing at Fordham University and SUNY New Paltz where she has received three Merit Awards for Professional Achievement. Gabe Brown lives and works in the Hudson Valley. www.gabebrownstudio.com
- Wednesday & Thursday: 12 – 4pm
- Friday: 12 – 8pm
- Saturday & Sunday: 12 – 4pm
VisArts at Rockville is located three blocks from the Rockville Metro station at 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD. For information, please visit www.visartscenter.org or call 301-315-8200.