MAKE DO | Angela Conant + Kate Harding
APRIL 16 - MAY 1 2016
SARDINE is pleased to present a two-person show titled MAKE DO by artists Angela Conant and Kate Harding. The show opens with a reception from 6 to 9pm on Saturday, April 16 and runs through Sunday, May 1, 2016.
To MAKE suggests the manifestation of form. To DO is to carry out an action. To MAKE DO is to work with what is around. Observation, memory, economy and invention born of necessity serve the function of doing-what-one-can with what one has available. In the practices of Angela Conant and Kate Harding, both manifest actions into form, a site that considers the reach of the gesturing body and it’s less physical extensions. The objects shown at SARDINE are deictic to action, and could be considered portraits of impressions or movement. Conant’s displacement of dirt or sand by way of sunken fingertips freezes time into a humble monument to an ephemeral impression. Harding’s footfalls, mapping the wooded terrain, articulate a traversed “conversation” and become solid as space folded with time.
Contemporaries in their master’s studies, Conant and Harding did not uncover the similarities in their practices until invited to exhibit together at SARDINE. Through the collaborative process, they discovered parallels in their ways of working, and, more surprisingly, throughout the histories that formed each of their artistic and life perspectives. Though far flung from one another in Harding’s Missouri and Conant’s Vermont, each artist came to know the world in a rural setting, which has fostered remarkably sympathetic interests. In particular, both practices share a process of mining the wonder of the intangible. The works on view at SARDINE for MAKE DO translate an idea through multiple forms by articulating and re-articulating meaning.
Hi I'm in a cab now. But I was thinking about garment building in your work and that is more related I think to what I was describing in terms of the ways humans augment their relationship to the rest of the world in a way other entities do not
And there is a correlation between that language which is made of mark making in its formulation and the mules biting the trees
Also we should include something about a visualization of not-seen things
I'm thinking specifically of your footstep impact in the form of fabric folds and my hand gestures in sand cast - invisible actions made into positive form
Haha I love that you are in a can right now doing this
Yeah I don't feel cool
Yes that last part is very important to bring up
Haha but it's SO cool
Yes because the work we are actually putting in the show really does have a relationship
And I am having trouble distilling things down to that because we have had so much dialogue around other ideas that are also interesting but might not be in this show per se
Yep I agree so I think that'll be a point of specificity
I think we have like 7 shows to do and a musical to produce but we don't have to put it all on this work just yet;)
Yeah it's a small space
I also have in my notes from our studio visit "accessing the ways we understand truth, not accessing the actual truth"
So there's that
So I'll focus in on our works' kinship that we're showing and talk a little about the Layered meaning of Make Do and see what I come up with...I'm very optimistic:)
Oh when did we say that? We are deep
Also you are good at this
Too bad we can't just print out our text exchange