Monday, January 24, 2011

Nancy Macko @ Project 643 space

643 Project Space presents: 
Nancy Macko, Hopes and Dreams: A Visual MemoirNancy Macko
Hopes and Dreams: A Visual Memoir
Opening Reception: Friday, Feb. 4, 6-9pm
Closing Reception: Saturday, Feb. 26, 1-2pm

643 Project Space is pleased to present work by artist Nancy Macko. In 2003 Ms. Macko’s mother began to show signs of memory loss eventually diagnosed as dementia. Over the last six years she has been documenting her mother’s decline through audio tapes and photographs. The act of losing one’s memory and sense of time is difficult at best to describe but can be understood through an experience of it. Ms. Macko states that, “It reminds me of “calving” a term used to describe the process when huge chunks of glaciers just break off and fall into the sea. It is as if the mind “calves” and there seems to be no end to the process.”

In the summer of 2008, she began Hopes & Dreams, a series of large format digital prints that act as a visual memoir and attempt to visually describe this “loss of memory.” This body of work visually explores the “arc” of a life. Nancy Macko is a member of the faculty at Scripps College where she currently chairs the Gender and Women’s Studies Department and is the Director of the Scripps Digital Art Program. Ms. Macko exhibits her work extensively and one of her most recent exhibitions, Hive Universe: Nancy Macko, 1994-2006, was exhibited at the Municipal Art Gallery in Los Angeles. Her work is in numerous public collections with recent acquisitions by the RISD Museum, Brown University, LACMA and the Samella Lewis Collection of Contemporary Art at Scripps College.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. 643 A Project Space is an alternative contemporary art gallery exhibiting emerging and established national and international artists. The gallery is located near downtown Ventura on the west end at 643 N. Ventura Av, Ventura. For more information, call 805-218-1434

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