Public Opening reception to be held Friday, Nov. 9th 5-8pm.
Artist Talk/Closing Gathering to be held Wednesday, Nov. 28th 6:30pm.
DVAA is proud to host Solid Universe Theory, a solo exhibition in Gallery 1 of artwork by DVAA artist member Martha Hope Carey, which will be running concurrently with two smaller exhibitions in Gallery 2.
The title of Carey’s exhibition, Solid Universe Theory, comes from an idea explored in a short story by writer Cixin Liu about beings in another universe coming to understand that their theory of reality is entirely wrong — that the solidity they see all around them is not infinite, but exactly the opposite. Artist Martha Hope Carey read the story as a metaphor for many things, especially the experience of making meaning in a time where things around us seem suddenly and radically different from the past. The metaphors are applicable at the personal or artistic level as well, especially when considering the notion that a ‘solid universe’ (encountered any time one approaches a canvas) is transformed by an artist’s own unique physics.
Carey paints abstractions about her reactions to the world, to others, to ideas, and to her own history. In her own words, “creating new work is about dwelling in uncertainty. It is also about being willing to be led along by a shifting balance of chance, imagination, and confidence in an aesthetic sensibility. “I don’t plan what I paint, it emerges; I reflect, and I feel, and I move paint and compositions emerge. Painting can be quite painful; working through something in my mind and making it comprehensible on canvas is often painful emotionally, mentally, sometimes physically. I can try to imagine what it must feel like to be the other. And that imagining is a creative act, an interpretation, the beginning of a painting, what keeps me alive.”