Visual Arts Program

Friday, May 10 at 8:00 pm

Ashley Smith & Stephanie Rohlfs

Opening Reception and Artists' Talks

Artists' Talks in Hallwalls Cinema

Inspired by Jungian psychology and mythology, Ashley Smith's process is an alchemical cauldron where personal narratives about womanhood, motherhood, research about art, stories, and myths of the wild woman archetype who represents the instinctive nature of woman are boiled together and transmuted to create abstract sculptural forms and installations that sprout from the wall and grow from the ground. READ MORE ...

Stephanie Rohlfs' work springboards from a clean surface appearance and concise formal gestures into a hybridized set of works that make the artist seem part minimalist, part colorist, part humorist. Rohlfs' sculptural gestures are so adroitly specific and contained that each element—a field of color, a drooping form, a slab of shelving—takes on more imminent and emphatic articulation. Like beats in a story or a punchline to a joke, Rohlfs' forms are expressive in appearance while their appearance also evokes a pining to express. She has likened them to tourists in a new place, interacting with qualities of curiosity, clumsiness, and misplaced confidence. READ MORE ...