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January 26, 2007

Bry Art Gallery shows “I Works” sculpture installation

The Bry Art Gallery at the University of Louisiana at Monroe is currently showing "I Works," a one-person sculpture installation by Sara Good, a professional artist from Memphis.

Of her exhibition Good states, “’I Works’ serves as a kind of umbrella for a selection of works which subscribe to ideas about the ‘I.’ These works were informed by a range of sources, from real-life narratives, to fictional but plausible personages, to evidences and perceptions of body, being, and experience. Additional influence was absorbed from a body of readings on garden space and psychoanalytical theory. And some pieces here have borrowed from the physical character of utilitarian surfaces.

“The work, then, evolved through processes of interpretation and elaboration. The I is viewed as that which resides within the architecture of body. It is the abstract core, a construct of bodily space. Yet, it is an I that is epidermal. It is the envelope that contains, and serves, and suffers from bodily being. It is at once autonomous and mortal.

“The I is possessed of zones, divisions, and boundaries. It seeks to separate from that which it is not. But it is, too, nonphysical, boundless, and unobservable. It is the ‘secret.’ In its silence it holds a profundity of dignity and power. Protection of the Secret—the Self—requires a kind of closed space. And so, in symbolic language are references to closed passage.

“‘I’ is a mechanism of Self. It is name, it is identity, it is biology. Traces of the I can be found in public spaces, particularly within the asphalt field. In some works here, the materials, themselves, are the very residue of human passing. They are the discard and detritus, authentic remnants of person and experience.

“I have long been drawn to found materials for their visual power, and for what they reveal of their human narrative. I am now especially compelled by the imprint of the I that remains in such articles.”

This exhibition will be on view through Feb. 1. The gallery is open from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 7:30 a.m. – noon on Fridays.

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