The artists featured in this exhibition make works that are characterized by an enigmatic quality and an emphatic, even elemental sense of materiality, as if they were trying to learn the secrets of dead matter or better grasp the unseen forces that make their mark (through not always tangibly). In searching for phantoms in the dirt, so to speak, these artists are also exploring the possibilities for sculpture and photography. Sculpture is a medium related to matter at its most substantial (in this case soil, wood, ash, iron, or cement). Photography is deeply tied to and even dependent on energy -- light above all, though the medium is affected by heat and radiation as well. In this exhibition, the artists use these two media to grapple with the raw stuff of the world and also as a means to try to visualize the intangible or invisible, in ways that are often both mysterious and empirical. Curated by Karsten Lund.
Phantoms in the Dirt is sponsored by the Contemporary Arts Council.