Solitary Stones on a Rocky Shore
Curated by Max Guy
May 3 - June 8, 2013
Open Space Gallery is pleased to present Solitary Stones on a Rocky Shore, a two-person exhibition featuring recent large-scale graphite drawings and monumental concrete sculpture by Miranda Pfeiffer and Ledelle Moe. Curated by Max Guy the exhibition runs from May 3 - June 8.
The title Solitary Stones on a Rocky Shore refers to a passage on setting stones from Sakuteiki, Japan’s first recorded instructional guide to gardening.
“It is unusual to set large stones in places other than beside a waterfall, on the tip of an island, or in the vicinity of a hill. In particular, stones taller than ninety centimeters should not be set near any buildings. He who ignores this rule will not be able to hold onto his household; it will fall into disorder. Solitary Stones are best set on a rocky shore, at the foot of hill or at the top of an island.”
This instruction implies a geographical context that is entirely subjective. Suppose there are no cliffs to reference? No rocky shore? The gardener must re-imagine the world around them in a way sensible to themselves. In this way, anything can be understood as a solitary stone.
Miranda Pfeiffer and Ledelle Moe work in the traditions of landscape and monument respectively. Similarly to gardening, these traditions require careful geographical study. Landscapes and monuments tell the story of a local identity, but in a culture of global communication, local becomes personal. The studio becomes a space not unlike the prehistoric caves, where artists return to make sense of the transient world outside.
Installing the work within a constructed cave - with the gallery-walls and windows covered in printed concrete scans- the exhibition references aspects of the artists’ studio practices. The exhibition catalog At The Stone’s Request written by the curator, includes conversations with the artists and a mythology written on the occasion of the show.
Please join us for an opening reception on May 3rd from 7-10PM, featuring a musical performance by Bamboo.
On Saturday, May 4 at 3 pm there will be a gallery talk, lead by Max.
Born in the green hills of the North Carolina Piedmont, Miranda Pfeiffer is an artist and writer currently living in Baltimore MD. In 2011, Pfeiffer received a Chair’s Prize from the Maryland Institute College of Art. The grant funded a visit to South Korea to complete a series of animations onsite, atop the mountains of Seoul. In 2012, The William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund awarded Pfeiffer a B-Grant, culminating in an exhibition of large-scale graphite drawings at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Following this, the Baker Fund awarded Pfeiffer the Nancy Harrigan Prize. Recently, Pfeiffer has exhibited at The Creative Alliance in Baltimore, MD, The Exquisite Corpse Gallery in Kalamazoo, MI, The Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston, SC, and the The Cambridge Art Association. Pfeiffer’s drawings appear within the Drawing Center’s curated slide registry. She is a contributor to Schematic Quarterly and Spiral Cinema’s Video on Paper, as well as a member of Current Space, an artist-run gallery located in downtown Baltimore.
Ledelle Moe was born in Durban, South Africa in 1971. She studied sculpture there at Technikon Natal and graduated in 1993. Active in the local art community, Moe was one of the founding members of the FLAT Gallery, an artist initiative and alternative space in Durban. A travel grant in 1994 brought her to the United States where she embarked on a period of study at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Sculpture Department Master’s program. She completed her Master’s Degree there in 1996 and soon after accepted an adjunct position in the Sculpture Department at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, Maryland. Later she taught at the Corcoran College of Art in Washington, DC, Virginia Commonwealth University and St.Mary’s College of Maryland. Moe has exhibited in a number of venues including the Kulturhuset (Stockholm, Sweden) the NSA Gallery (Durban, South Africa), the International Sculpture Center (Washington, DC), The Washington Project for the Arts (Washington, DC) and Maryland Art Place (Baltimore). Though Moe remains strongly connected to South Africa, returning to visit annually, she has continued to live and work in the United States. Based presently far from home, the perspective particular to her roots as a South African artist remains central to her work. Recent projects include large-scale concrete installations at Socrates Park and Pratt Institute in New York City, and Decatur Blue in Washington, DC. In 2002 Moe was the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Award which has allowed her time to work on new sculptures and travel back to South Africa where she has made and exhibited work, Recent projects include two installations shown in Salzburg, Austria and Brooklyn, New York. Presently based in Baltimore, Maryland, she continues to work on large-scale pieces and travels home annually to work and visit in South Africa.