Space 204 (Vanderbilt University) / 1204 25th Ave. S. June 13, 2019 - August 29, 2019

Kristi Hargrove

The Department of Art at Vanderbilt University and Space 204 welcomes a new exhibition from artist and educator, Kristi Hargrove, titled, Don't Slam the Door. The exhibition opens on June 13, 2019 and closes on August 29, 2019.  An artist reception is to be determine.

The work in Don’t Slam the Door gathers a few paces ahead of intention. Currently, rearranging, repetition, cutting, and layering are generating the movements in the studio. There is a dragging interest in observation, an impulse to producing work that states, “I saw this”. When Hargrove backs into the intention, it’s about processing the concept of the trace. 

A trace is a mark (here and now) of something else (not-here and not-now). Its whole meaning is to be the result of something else, to point beyond itself, to have its origin elsewhere. With a trace, one is at least reminded of a track, a previous mark. The trace is an *irreducibly complex structure of presence and absence.

Always returning to a consideration of the dynamics of relationship, Don’t Slam the Door merges aspects of daily experiences, of physical and sensory relationships with a self-effacing reflection on being an embodied human in this world.

Hargrove wants the work to hold space for the contemplation of these ideas to be witnessed.

Hargrove inherited a 2nd cousin’s scrapbook. It has long horizontal black pages where she gathered and arranged pictures as images by cutting them into awkward, yet specific, shapes on the pages.

*(Derrida term)