Thursday, March 1, 2012

PAST: ART: Installations by Susana Almuiña at Harmon Art Lab on 14th St, Now - FRI, March 30th, Free

Installations by Susana Almuiña
on view now at Harmon Art Lab
Now - Friday, March 30th

I was at the opening for this show and took these pictures. It's great to see the works up close and in person. The mixture of yarn with nails and tree branches made the pieces feel more alive, more human to me and I liked examining each piece from different angels. Interesting stories behind each piece as well, which you can read about if you grab a print out when you walk in. The final day to view the show is Friday, March 30th. 
From the invite: "Susana Almuiña's ambitious installations are a conceptual narrative. Her work resonates with the depth, sincerity, and gravitas that only an artist with her experience can bring. Social and domestic issues inspire Susana Almuiña’s work, in particular the rules and mores, and even a country’s laws, that guide family behavior and determine their destiny."

"In her harmon art lab exhibition, Susana focuses on the interesting history of her father’s family and their farm, on which seven siblings remained together to the end of their lives. Rather than disclose their secrets, Susana examines the personalities and characteristics of the aunts and uncles who stayed behind, looking at family furniture and objects in and around the house that shed, metaphorically, secrets and stories that are part of the family tradition. The result is a site-specific installation using tree roots, soil, farm implements and other items related to her exploration, as well as her own place in this fascinating timeline."

1716 14th St, NW
Second Floor
Metro: U St

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