VADIS TURNER: WINDOW TREATMENTS
Zeitgeist Gallery / 516 Hagan St., #100 February 5 - March 19th
Vadis Turner transforms domestic materials into new forms. She manipulates textiles and other elements, allowing them to transcend their intended functions, contradict their structural natures and betray their traditional gender association. Resisting categorization, the works occupy spaces between textile, painting, craft and sculpture.
In Window Treatments, Turner explores structural and expressive possibilities of the grid and how it can relate to the wall. Considering the internal and external landscape of the home, she re-directs used curtains, bedding, driveway gravel and copper into a series of feisty and conductive windows.
How retired curtains can embody feminine frenzy?
How can the curtains become the window?
How can the window traverse into the night landscape?
As a Current Art Fund / Tri-Star Arts grantee, Turner has collaborated with Emery Dobyns on sound and with Mike Kludge and Jonny Kingsbury on lighting to produce a visual experience that can be seen from the street after business hours. Projection mapping and lighting bring the works to life at night. Sonic landscapes of hissing and crackling, created in tandem with certain works, will be audible within and outside of the gallery twenty-four hours a day.
Vadis Turner's first solo museum exhibition, Tempest, was presented at the Frist Art Museum in 2017. Her next exhibition will be at the Huntsville Museum of Art in 2022. Turner has work in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, 21C Museum Hotel, Kentucky Arts and Crafts Museum and Hunter Museum of American Art. Her work has been shown at numerous museums and institutions, including the Brooklyn Museum, ICA Portland, Andy Warhol Museum, Minnesota Museum of American Art and Cheekwood Museum. In 2016, Turner was awarded the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant. She was granted funding from Tri-Star Arts' Current Art Fund in 2021. Residencies include Yaddo, Museum of Arts & Design, Hambidge Center and a Fellowship at Vermont Studio Center. Selected press includes Artforum, New York Times, Wallpaper*, Elle Magazine, Vanityfair.com, Observer, Artnet, and White Hot Magazine. Turner received a BFA and MFA from Boston University. She is represented by Geary in New York and Zeitgeist Gallery in Nashville, TN.