Christina Corfield + Sophie Treppendahl
Featuring: Christina Corfield + Sophie Treppendahl
Show runs June 5 – July 25, 2020
Opening Reception: Fri, June 5, 5-8pm
Presenting new work by Sophie Treppendahl and Christina Corfield, Americana investigates how images of times and places in the past can act as shorthand for more complex concepts like “home” or “nation.” Constructing powerful emotional spaces which operate at different emotional scales, from the intimate to the mythic, the installations by Treppendahl and Corfield create and critique images that present “America” as an idea or an ideal. The journeys we take as viewers of these installations are complicated, involving networks of associations – some based on personal experience, some learned in classrooms or via popular culture – that shape our interactions with them and produce a variety of meanings about their subject matter. As the artists draw from or push against the concept of nostalgia, the bodies of work presented ask us to contemplate the processes of idealization that can happen when telling stories about the past – stories that may or may not have happened as they appear.