On view thru June 29
Location: Camilla Blackman Hall at Indian Hill Music
36 King St., Littleton MA
General Exhibit Hours: M-F 9am-8pm; Sat. 8am-4pm*
*PLEASE NOTE: Contact Indian Hill before planning your visit as there could be an event in our gallery space: 978.486.9524 (press 0). The works are available for purchase; inquire at Indian Hill Music or contact the artist.
Ambiguity is an intrinsic characteristic of the human condition. Daily decision, from the trivial to the significant, are based on unknowable influences and produce unpredictable results. Perhaps as a coping mechanism, but equally as a gesture of camaraderie, I confront these ambiguities and, through my art practice, find a way to co-exist with them and even learn from them. My instrument of choice is the diagram.
My work begins with the reinterpretation of a borrowed idea or image: abstract, unidentifiable, intentionally without meaning. It is vague and full of gaps. I work to encourage questions without offering answers. Inspired by the work of 19th century social-scientist, Benjamin Betts (see note below), the Longitudinal Study Psycho-Social Development series traces an individual’s imagined development of identity from birth to fully matured adulthood. Each painting focuses on the change over time of a particular aspect of personality.
While these are my thoughts on how we change as we age, I do not provide a legend to explain my thinking, rather the work is ambiguous, an open invitation for your interpretation. -- Carrie Crane 2017
(NOTE: I must credit Benjamin Betts for his inspiration for this series of paintings. In the mid-1800s he put his life’s work into the efforts to diagram human consciousness. The work was compiled and edited by Louisa Cook in 1887 in Geometrical psychology, or, The science of representation: an abstract of the theories and diagrams of B. W. Betts. The book contains several hundred pages of theory and mathematical formula to support Betts’ beliefs and includes dozens of diagrams. I was naturally excited by these drawings, as they were attempting to measure something quite abstruse.)
Carrie Crane, a practicing artist for over 25 years, lives and works in a small town in central Massachusetts and holds an MFA from Lesley University College of Art and Design. Learn more
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