The Tug brings together a collection of artworks by artist Erin Gleason that examine the tension between lived experience and the points of calculation by which we measure life.
Part installation, part exhibition of drawings, prints, photographs and sculpture, The Tug addresses how our sense truth is pulled between lived experience and terms of categorization through the lenses of the feminine, the beautiful, and the sublime. With playful nods to Henri Bergson, Hypatia of Alexandria, Immanuel Kant, Joseph Kosuth, and Virginia Woolf, the artworks challenge our habits of finding security in equating measurement with truth across the terrains of architecture, cartography, history, technology, and language. The space subtly shifts and change throughout the exhibition, evoking the unfixed, sensual nature of these living spheres.
The installation responds to traditional measurements of feminine beauty as belonging in a domestic and intimate space. The gallery space is domesticated using white fabric are hung from the dark gray walls, its patterns reminiscent of wallpapers and creating a salon-like setting. The result is a sense of being in a layered drawing within the space, with each artwork framed in white and emphasizing the use of large swaths of white space within each piece, creating a light and airy feel. The feminization of the space also serves as a counterpoint to the industrial architecture of the gallery, which was formerly a 1920s car garage. Seen from outside, the entire show has an ephemeral glow at night, emphasizing the lace-effect of the garage gate and its shadows. Also working with the architecture of the space are the installation of individual artworks: The large ink drawing “Rise of the Greenlandic Metropolis.” Propped up on cinder blocks, its weight leans into the fabric to reveal the form of a secret door that would otherwise be hidden. The delicate laces, satins, and silks of the hanging sculpture “The Ideal Republic” play against the gate in an interplay between soft and hard, light and heavy.