WENDY GIVEN // luminosis mori
On view February 1 - February 26, 2012
Opening reception First Friday February 3, 6pm - 9pm
Hovering between consciousness and collective memory, the subject matter of Wendy Given’s photography reverberates with a primordial, albeit strangely modern, mysticism. In Luminosis mori, her first solo exhibition with Nationale, Given delves deep into this uncanny void, unearthing haunting images of unsettled pasts. Offering faded glimpses from the 19th century and present day, her beguiling landscapes, portraits and documented artifacts hiss and hum with uncontrolled elemental forces. Ancient concepts inform contemporary visual clues, resulting in supernatural illustrations of not only long-forgotten lore but also their prevailing narratives. The past possesses the present in one last bid for eternal release.
Wendy Given was born in Dayton, OH and currently lives and works in Portland, OR. She holds an MFA from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and a BFA from the Atlanta College of Art. Her work has been shown abroad and nationally at such galleries as Fifth Floor (Los Angeles), the Chelsea Art Museum (New York), and Portland’s Art Gym. Given’s work was recently selected to be part of the 10th Northwest Biennial at the Tacoma Art Museum (January-May, 2012).
Given is represented by Whitespace in Atlanta, GA.
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