Guest Curator Session One: A. Andresia

Guest curator A. Andresia has put together a collection of works she has titled “Measures of Density.” We talked a little bit with Andresia about how the formal qualities of the images she combined create a space with a sense of gravity and rhythm, and she told us, “I think about pressure a lot, and I think about the relationship between the applying of pressure, and the release of pressure. In this group, the center piece is this white image, and it’s this dual space between pressure and release. You have this idea that there’s not a whole lot of information there, so it should be a space where you can relax a little bit, but there’s also this sterility. The center of this selection of works is the paradox – it’s the pressure and the release simultaneously.”

Congratulations to Adam Crowley, Anson the Ornery, Camille Gatapia, Carolyn Shepardson, Craig Auge, Ellie H. of Notre Dame de Sion High School, Eugene Sarmiento, Gabrielle Gaither, Joe Jurkiewicz, Laura Nugent, Lilly McElroy, Melissa Donoho, and Robert Hodgson, on your selections in this group.

You can see these works on display, along with hundreds of other artworks we have received in the mail over the last several months, at Kiosk Gallery on Saturday afternoons (and by appointment) until the closing reception on June 18th. It’s also not too late to get your submissions to the gallery in time for the next guest curator to review – the deadline is May 10th.

Artist’s Response:

In response to the mail art she reviewed, as well as her own experiences in 2020, Andresia created a video art piece titled “The Loop.” She wrote and performed the musical score. This work is an extension of her ongoing creative practice, which includes a wide variety of media, and builds on the worlds she constructs through music and visuals.

Bio: A. Andresia is a Florida-based artist who explores conditions of racial, cultural and gender identity through questions of communication. She received her BFA from the Painting Department of the Kansas City Art Institute in 2015. Allowing curiosity to lead, Andresia’s pursuit of learning and understanding knows no material bound. Her studio practice requires mental flexibility and skill as she moves from a white walled room to a kitchen to a laptop to speakers and beyond. Andresia utilizes visual and auditory tension and release to engage the viewer in a response to what W. E. B. Du Bois calls ‘double consciousness.’ Presenting the inaccessible as a modern-day trickster to distract the viewer with beauty from grotesque realities mirrors everyday life as a black woman in a white society. Light, texture and sound illustrate internal and external pressures of existence as the ‘other.’ These unobtrusive narratives reveal contemporary social conditions.

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