Melanie Flood Projects is pleased to announce Mostly Water, a solo presentation of new work by Seattle based artist Stephanie Simek. The exhibition will open with an artist reception on Saturday August 17 from 2-4pm and will be on view through Saturday September 21, 2019.
No river, no matter its size, runs straight for more than ten times its width. What it does instead is meander. Around, between, beside, and through.
Consider a river as a system, always and at every moment remaking itself, redrawing its path, oscillating between banks. Consider the processes by which its path is remade, the erosion of one bank and the deposition of material on the other. The meander is a result of the push and pull between these two processes, driven by the force of the water that runs through it, carving, dissolving, carrying, depositing. The meander, thus, is a hydro-geological drawing expressing a kind of dynamic equilibrium, continuous flux and flow with change as the only constant.
In this exhibition there is a shell. It is a reconstruction or redeposition: a quantity of calcium acetate (the material that is left after dissolving a pearl or shell) regrown into a crystal shell.
In this constant change state, with its endless and multivalent oscillations, there are tipping points, each as fragile and ephemeral as a bubble.
What happens when we break it all down, break down systems into their constituent materials and forces to examine their structures, getting at the way things truly work, making sense and new senses of things so as to reimagine and rebuild?
Stephanie Simek experiments with an array of materials, making works in two dimensions, three dimensions, time, and sound. Works have included a room-sized crystal radio, an invisibility cloak, a spacesuit indicator badge, and an observatory tower in Corinth, Vermont. Simek has made exhibitions and had residencies at Signal Culture, Museum of Contemporary Craft, the Portland Building, Littman Gallery at Portland State University, The Feldman Gallery at Pacific Northwest College of Art, and Fairbanks Gallery at Oregon State University. She has lived in the Pacific Northwest since 2007.