08 May - 06 June 2014
Commune.1 is pleased to announce two upcoming solo exhibitions jointly titled Traces, by South African born sculptor Ledelle Moe and Baltimore-based Miranda Pfeiffer.
Moe’s monumental cement and steel sculptures situate the viewer in a preternatural relationship to her subjects due to scale and by shifting the conventional axis of the form. In this way her work provokes ontological and phenomenological questions about human relationships to nature, to the spaces we occupy and the markers/monuments/memorials we leave behind. Moe’s central installation, featuring two sizeable recumbent birds, recalls the mythology of the sunbird and the ancient form of the sarcophagus thus resonating with contrasting motifs found in nature such as birth and death, light and dark, the solid and the ephemeral.
Miranda Pfeiffer’s large-scale drawings, rendered in painstaking detail with the fine tip of a mechanical pencil, capture moments and locations with dramatic implication. The narratives she evokes are not easily located in a specific time or a familiar setting, instead portraying a fictitious land in limbo. They extend the boundaries of the known and the possible: When did rocks migrate, charge and battle for territorial dominance like animals? Under what gravitational conditions could they rise to challenge, migrate or settle down?
Form, scale and material are, in a positivist sense, indications of the conditions and limits of nature and human existence: what things can look like, the size to which they can grow, how they move and how they rest. Both artists ask us to consider a different set of rules, allowing imagination and mythology to intervene.
Born in the green hills of the North Carolina Piedmont, Miranda Pfeiffer is an artist and writer currently living in Baltimore MD. In 2011, Pfeiffer received a Chair’s Prize from the Maryland Institute College of Art. The grant funded a visit to South Korea to complete a series of animations onsite, atop the mountains of Seoul. In 2012, The William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund awarded Pfeiffer a B-Grant, culminating in an exhibition of large-scale graphite drawings at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Following this, the Baker Fund awarded Pfeiffer the Nancy Harrigan Prize. Recently, Pfeiffer has exhibited at The Creative Alliance in Baltimore, MD, The Exquisite Corpse Gallery in Kalamazoo, MI, The Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston, SC, and the The Cambridge Art Association. Pfeiffer’s drawings appear within the Drawing Center’s curated slide registry. She is a contributor to Schematic Quarterly and Spiral Cinema’s Video on Paper, as well as a member of Current Space, an artist-run gallery located in downtown Baltimore.