Visual Arts Program

Friday, January 17, 2014 — Friday, February 28, 2014

Alexandra P. Spaulding

again, so near

Alexandra P. Spaulding - <em>again, so near</em>
Alexandra P. Spaulding - <em>again, so near</em>

Opening Friday, January 17, 8 to 11 p.m.

Artists' talks Friday, January 17, 8 p.m.

In the majority of her work, Buffalo artist Alexandra P. Spaulding pursues the realization of ineffable and intangible moments. She has bluntly referred to this as an attempt to capture magic, primarily utilizing the modes of immersive installations that combine audio and visual elements. While the component elements of a given project may be complex, Spaulding's aesthetic is minimal in its hybridized realization of sound, light, and a specific architectural space.

Recently featured in the 2013 Echo Art Fair in Buffalo, NY, Spaulding will present a new, site-specific environment for her project at Hallwalls. With a modular standing sculpture and two sets of wall works, Spaulding is concocting an open-ended poem about sensation and experience. Within the three distinct sets of work are three elements each, lending a formal cohesion to the installation. All of the works utilize specific forms while tweaking these defined shapes with the more ephemeral contents of light and, in once case, sound. With the standing sculpture, a tightly-defined construction whose modular appearance evokes both minimalist sculpture and pre-fabricated furniture, Spaulding presents a deceptively cool form that does not reveal its cosmic aspirations until the viewer's head is literally inside the work.

The border between cool, functional banality and dreamy, otherworldy space is as brief as poking your head into a new space. The ordinary and the infinite are closer than we normally imagine.