Kathleen Loe and Barry Underwood at 1point618
Located within the Gordon Square Arts District of Cleveland’s historic Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood, 1point618 presents fine art that is superior in quality and content by artists of regional, national, and international acclaim.
SEDUCTION AND SURVEILLANCE:
THE EROTICISM OF SECRETS
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 28, 7-10PM
For Kathleen Loe, being raised in the deep South was a tricky environment to navigate. From family surveillance to church hypocrisy and a mandarinesque social system, she became aware that life was being designed behind many delicate screens. Meaning and intent were constantly veiled. Snakes were in the water.
To investigate the overlay of this wary atmosphere on contemporary life, Loe has developed a group of images that act as metaphors for an unsettling personal and political climate. Her images of Black Hawk helicopters, internal organs, frocks, and landscapes share qualities of disguise, intimidation, and ambiguity. The vessels that Loe presents to us are always empty, yet seem to be in motion. The helicopters are always without a pilot, but they appear to have been stopped in flight. The frocks look as if they have been paused in their unknowable actions, but are always void of the human body. This suggestion of power wielded invisibly heightens the state of our central nervous system. We enter a moment of focused waiting – for rescue or for ruin. In the hovering, flying, and exploding movements of her subjects, Loe asks us to consider issues of suspense and anticipation, privacy and surveillance in a world full of cryptic, double meaning.
OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY NOV 9, 7-10PM
“These images are documentations of dioramas and full-scale installations that are built on-site in the landscape. Using illusion, imagination, and narrative, my photographs explore the potential of the ordinary. I approach my photographic work with a theatrical sensibility, much like a cinematographer or set designer would. By reading the landscape and altering the vista through lights and photographic effects, I transform everyday scenes into unique images. Light and color alter the perception of space, while defamiliarizing common objects. Space collapses, while the lights that I install appear as intrusions and interventions. This combination renders the forms in the landscape abstract. Inspired by cinema, land art, and contemporary painting, the resulting photographs are both surreal and familiar.”