All That You Can Leave Behind Diana Weymar, Nelson Hancock

January 5 - March 16

How many of us have driven past a house that is being emptied and wanted to wander around inside, run our fingertips over dusty objects, see the shadow of removed paintings on faded wallpaper, and thread together the narrative of the former inhabitants?

A combination of art and artifacts, this show proposes to create a fictional documentation of a home, house, family, and lifestyle that has slipped over from the active present to the active past. Photography and art objects in this show will offer a narrative – just as a period room in a museum offers a glimpse into historical lives- that creates a history of a fictional family through the “evidence” of their lives. The absence is present. People who are gone, grown up, missing, now in another place, or have moved on leave behind pieces of a puzzle for us to fit together. The objects are altered to contextualize the fictional story. While they will appear, at first glance, to tell a simple story, they will also contain a message. A sock and Merwin poem. A tiny message on a pillow.

Testament
Antique book, thread

Fundamentally, this show challenges our carefully curated lives built on the premise that we can control and leave behind meaning in our objects. ​All that You Can Leave Behind​  is the capturing of the  interiority of our hidden lives and the exteriority of our visible representations but it is especially about the tension between what we say about who we are through objects and what objects say when they speak for themselves.

The front window of the gallery will be used as a window, creating the sense that you are looking into an intimate space. The aspirational aspects of the objects will directly contrast the photographs of past glory. The viewer will have – or get – to decide which story is the truth, what they see in the objects and images.

 

Photograph by Nelson Hancock

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