Kristy Deetz: Threads, Folds & Rabbit Holes
Kristy Deetz: Threads, Folds & Rabbit Holes Monday, October 9– Saturday, November 11, 2023 Reception: Thursday, October 12, 2023, 5:30 – 7:30 pm with live music and Gallery Talk at 6:15 pm by Kristy Deetz Check the Giertz Gallery website for additional programming. This solo exhibition includes works from the artist's series "Holidays Unfolding" and "Through the Veil." Within these bodies of work, she explores new possibilities between a complex interface of painting, textiles, and digital technology while producing an end product that maintains the richness of slow work wrought by hand. Working in fiber and investigating the historical use of decorative drapery and still life, Deetz examines the contradictory feelings often accompanying loss or nostalgia, and, as a result, her work becomes meditations on life's transience. The imagery is stretched or manipulated through Photoshop to create a sense of instability, heightened emotion, or a digital sifting. However, the paintings good-humoredly deconstruct imagery from pop, outsider, and high culture to create new "spaces" of meaning through the use of dark humor, visual puns, symbols and metaphors, moments of silence, art historical allusions, cultural collisions, and spiritual conundrums to play with style and pictorial/formal construction. Giertz Gallery hours: Monday – Wednesday 10 – 5; Thursday 10 – 7pm; Saturday 12 – 2 pm.