Art Opening – Cat Eyes

today March 4, 2023my_locationGround Floor Contemporary

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Ground Floor Contemporary is thrilled to present Cat Eyes, an exhibition of new works by Jennifer Marshall, Elisabeth Pellathy, and visiting artist, Stephen W. Evans.

Stephen W. Evans is an artist simultaneously preoccupied with the absurd and the existential. Evans’ paintings are amalgamations of sources gathered from art history, literature, cinema, and invented imagery, all favoring the atmospheric, as well as a benign sense of danger. His work is at once pastoral and psychological, like a scene from The Twilight Zone, culminating in self-reflection, and effectively serving as a form of exorcism. Evans was born and raised in the Philadelphia area of Pennsylvania, where he received a BFA in painting and drawing from the University of the Arts in 2010, and in 2017, he received an MFA from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. Evans currently resides in Birmingham, Alabama with his wife, Lauren Frances Evans, and their two daughters, Agnes and Edie, and is a preparator and art handler for the Birmingham Museum of Art.

Jennifer Marshall is a visual artist and curator that works primarily within the boundaries of film and camera conceptual projects and her overt focus is often the materiality and temporality of film. Marshall engages with subjects that are in close proximity, allows a ritual-based process to dictate the act of photographing, and gravitates toward the still-life document. Born in Ojai, California, and raised in Bakersfield and Los Angeles, she received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and is pursuing an MLIS in Archival Studies at The University of Alabama. Currently, Marshall is the Gallery Director at Ground Floor Contemporary, produces the visual arts exhibitions program at the Hoover Public Library, and lives in Birmingham, AL.

Elisabeth Pellathy works in a variety of mediums, responding to locations, history, and social context. Pellathy sees physical and digital manipulation of material as parallel processes and an open dialogue between these realms provides a generative space for her exploration of materiality and process. Often, ecological concerns, or more specifically, issues of disappearance, are themes in her work. Urgency in issues of language, fragility, loss, (in)visibility, tactility, and magnification emerge. Pellathy received her MFA from the division of expanded media at Alfred University School of Art and Design, NYSCC. She works as an Associate Professor of New Media at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Begin March 4, 2023 H 5:00 pm
End March 4, 2023 H 7:00 pm
Location Ground Floor Contemporary
Address 111 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd S
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