We are all made of stardust. We are as old as the stars. 99% of the mass of the human body is made up of six elements: oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorus. Under different heat and pressure, we could have been rocks instead of people.
In Gateway, we present a solo exhibition of work by Leah Piepgras who deals with how subtle shifts in a con- scious state affect the relationship with the seen and unseen environment. Under a veil of cognitive science, physics, cosmology and the human time scale, she examines indefinable universal truths. Taking the concept of a black mirror (or “Claude mirror”), a small personal object that provides an individual viewer with a pointed reflection of the world, Piepgras turns it outward, providing the viewer with tools to instead reassess their position within the universe. Gateway uses Piepgras’ autobiographical works not only as a way to force the viewer to see themselves in someone else’s reflection, but as a way to encourage consideration of their place in the visible universe.
Consider that there are two timelines; the human timeline, one which has humanity at its center and pushes everything else outside of consideration. The other is that of the universe; one of rocks and trees and sky and earth. Gateway is of the latter: a separate experience that exists in tandem with our own, found through a search for personal phenomena. It is Piepgras’ belief that we are more than the individual, more than a single self- but instead, connected through unseen tethers.
Shiny, reflective surfaces appear everywhere: whether in the deep blue of the sculpture Dark Pool (Soul-De- light Dish) or the slowy rotating Portal, anywhere the viewer looks, they see themselves peering back and reflected alongside others and the surrounding space. Parallel Universe (Prayer Wheel), an interactive sculp- ture, casts sparkling light across the room with every rotation; bringing attention to the darkest corners of the space and mind. Each of the pieces work individually, but together dictate the final shape of the installa- tion. Crystalline forms become a variation of a thought structure: honed, purified, and distilled down to singu- lar, stoic objects. This work serves as both tools to discover or tangible manifestations of the process of dis- covering.
Leah Piepgras received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 1997, and has since exhibited and per- formed throughout the United States. She has work in the permanent collection of, among others, Wilmer Hale, New England Biolab and Fidelity Investments, and has been featured in Beautiful Decay, The New York Times and The Boston Globe.
GRIN is an artist-run gallery located in Providence, Rhode Island presenting a interdisciplinary program focused on emerging and underexposed artists. Directed by Corey Oberlander and Lindsey Stapleton, GRIN is located at The Plant in the historic Olneyville District of Providence, Rhode Island. It was founded in 2013 as a space for artists to develop and exhibit their work with a steady curatorial hand.
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This project has been supported by a grant from the Artist’s Resource Trust.