Opening Reception: Saturday, October 5 from 5pm to 8pm
Meaning, in Pete Seligman’s constructions, presses insistently toward us while remaining just beyond our ability to articulate it. Sometimes funny, sometimes dreamlike, they contain images that have been half rubbed-out or uncannily snipped together. There is a sense that they refer to things that happened at night. They are a kind of surrealism that still has the power to disarm and worry us.
In Biography, a man says something indistinct to a larger figure that resembles him, except here the figure may also be a woman. In another piece a woman is depicted, a crime alluded to, a project mentioned – and that’s all. In Dead Sea, we are shown a half-misted-over daylight photograph of a desert shore and body of water, juxtaposed with a glimmering green light in the dark. In What & Where, a figure – perhaps not Kim Jong Un but we think of no one else – contemplates the sidewalk from the corner of a roof, his feet halfway off the edge.
Seligman makes his pieces with snippets of newspaper text, found images, and materials that have washed down Rock Creek. “Walking along the banks of the creek is always an adventure,” he says. “With the constructions I’m looking for a balance among the found elements. With the collages, I’m interested in emotional and psychological scenes. Ambiguity and mystery often play a big role.”
Foundry Gallery is located at 2118 8th St. NW. Visit the gallery online at www.foundrygallery.org or reach the gallery by phone at (202) 232-0203.