Margaret Pezalla-Granlund: Fallen Over the Horizon; or, Crash at the Putney Velodrome
June 6, 2008 - July 26, 2008
Opening Reception FRIDAY June 6, from 6 to 8pm. (admission free)
The Minneapolis-based artist will present an installation incorporating images of velodromes, skate parks, Dairy Queens, meteorites and mountainous landscapes.
The velodromes and skate parks, suspended on freestanding platforms and rendered in foam core, acetate and scanned watercolors, are accompanied by a series of meteorite drawings, all addressing elliptical patterns of motion. From professional racing ovals to space orbit, the predictable nature of each can be unexpectedly interrupted by subtle changes in trajectory or crashes.
The raised platforms provide for an eye level view of dual landscapes, one mounted to the surface and the other suspended directly underneath. These paired landscapes are structurally connected, enabling the viewer to engage from both above and below.
The addition of foam core models of Dairy Queen buildings, for the artist, can be seen as portals, fixed junctures between the exhibition's other motion-driven structures.
Margaret Pezalla-Granlund received her MFA from Cal Arts, Valencia, California in 1995 and has been featured in a recent two-person exhibition at the Santa Monica Museum of Art and in group exhibitions at the Soap Factory, Soo Visual Arts, and the Minnesota Museum of American Art. Her work will be included in upcoming exhibitions at the Peabody Essex Museum and the MAEP Gallery at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. She is the recipient of a 2008-09 McKnight Foundation artist fellowship.