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Our Shared Past: Highlight on Crystal Floyd

May

09

Written by Nicole Gaudier

 A Statement from the artist:

“As objects, photographs give us something tangible to hold on to, becoming expressions of our desire to retain something.  As such, they can take on their own life, essentially becoming something completely different.  They cease to be photographs when they are dwarfed by everything constructed around them, activating memories and triggering emotions from their viewer that are much more complex than the photograph itself.  This reaction allows the commonplace to be transformed into something remarkable, filled with unlimited possibilities for each individual who views it.

F***! A Deer! playfully captured the awe and wonder of youth and the fear that sometimes accompanies encountering something new.  Adults often move too quickly towards an idealized “maturity,” attempting to maintain the appearance of having attained absolute knowledge of the world around us, but simultaneously cheating ourselves by failing to keep our minds open to new emotions and new opportunities for learning.”

Crystal Floyd, F***! A Deer!, 2013, from the film still F***! A Deer!, Wood, fabric, acrylic, vinyl, paper, thread/embroidery (machine and hand stitched) framed in cypress.

Crystal Floyd, F***! A Deer!, 2013, from the film still F***! A Deer!, Wood, fabric, acrylic, vinyl, paper, thread/embroidery (machine and hand stitched) framed in cypress.

Crystal Floyd’s work F***! A Deer! will be in the Our Shared Past exhibition, on view in the Stein Gallery from December 17, 2013 to May 25, 2014.

There will be artist appearances at the Stein Gallery January through April. Each Saturday, artists form the exhibition will be in the Gallery from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Others will make appearances throughout the day on Weaver Free Saturdays (the first of each month), and on Tuesday evenings during the exhibition.

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