Spaces Between


March 11–May 1, 2021
Time slots on Fridays and Saturdays, 12:00–8:00 p.m., Sundays 12:00–4:00 p.m.

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Over the past year, the steadfast belief in two choices—right or wrong, yes or no, black or white—has shaken American society to the core. Alternative ideas and ideals have been forced into the tension and discomforts of the gray areas to reveal powerful beauty in intersection. Spaces Between explores this dimension where contrasting concepts meet through the work of winter/spring 2021 artists-in-residence Anna G. Dean, Rehab El Sadek, Lorena Mal, and Sharon Norwood.

Through visual collisions of light and shadow, sound and movement, Anna G. Dean, artist-in-residence in partnership with Atrium Health, explores chance and order. Her layered, multi-dimensional paintings join linear mapping with the chaotic and organic forms of natural and human-made worlds. 

Born in Egypt, Rehab El Sadek builds bridges between ancient history and recent memory to create structural forms using a combination of contemporary media and Egyptian architecture. Following a move to the United States, her investigation expands to the immigrant experience and what it means to belong. With a similar interest in the past, Lorena Mal recontextualizes objects and sound to question how we keep time, claim space, and connect identity to place. Using cultural artifacts and manufactured goods, her performance and installation pieces raise questions of history, politics, and power. 

Like Mal, the implications of manufactured goods continue in Sharon Norwood’s work. Her porcelain tea sets, covered with vinyl prints of 4c hair, confront our penchant for singularly constructed definitions of race and femininity. Her paintings adopt the visual language of the coil to build environments that challenge the legitimacy or definition of space.

Spaces Between and the artist residencies of Lorena Mal and Sharon Norwood are generously supported by Windgate Foundation.

Artwork in image at top:
(Top left) Anna G. Dean, Brave New World, 2020. Ink, paint, wire mesh, laser cut wood, resin, laser cut paper, nails; 30 x 36 x 4 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
(Top right) Rehab El Sadek, Thebes, 2020. Live Texas succulents, soil, metal, plastic, fabric, paper, pigments, cement, sand, glue; 13 x 13 x 13 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
(Bottom left) Lorena Mal, Pulse Clock, 2013. Mirror steel, custom mechanics, electronics; 11.8 x 11.8 x 5.9 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
(Bottom right) Sharon Norwood, Hair Matters Stacked, 2018. Ceramic, vintage china, decal; 9 x 10.5 inches. Courtesy of the artist.