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Anne Kaferle and Kadi Franson: “The Poetry of Survival” at Gallery East

September 30 – November 1
Opening reception, Saturday, October 5, 5-7 p.m.

Gallery East
451 N. 400 East, Price

This exhibition showcases the work of two Utah artists, Anne Kaferle and Kadi Franson. Both artists meditate on the fragility of life in the Anthropocene 1 through the lens of geologic time. Kaferle’s paintings depict the movement of sediment by way of a medium that drips, crumbles away, and collects in quiet pools. There is often the sense of a precipice, a moment frozen in the midst of change on a vast scale.  The perspective from which she paints lends an exalted and reflective tone, positioning the viewer between a sensation of foreboding solitude and deep reverence. Franson’s new drawing series “Choke Stones” is inspired by the rocks that become lodged in suspension within slot canyons. The focal stone suggests a contemplation on themes of balance and imbalance, blockage, and passage. The suspended object serves as a kind of mandala 2. In her accompanying sculptures, the transformation of the rock is implied by the portrayal of life finding a foothold within its pockets and shelves. A testimony to survival in the starkest of places, the forms seem to want to carve away at their host, and allow it to pass.

1 The current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment.

2 The meaning of the word mandala in Sanskrit is circle. Mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the universe. The circular designs symbolize the idea that life is never ending and everything is connected. The mandala also represents spiritual journey within the individual viewer

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