Blind Field, a term borrowed from Barthes’ Camera Lucida, refers to a ‘double vision’ that occurs in viewing film; as opposed to a photograph, where the pictured subject appears static, in film the viewer affords the subject a life thought to extend beyond the action pictured. What is in the frame insinuates a world beyond the frame, not as the conscious elaboration of what-comes-next, but as a felt sense that what the film captures continues to live beyond its moment of representation. For Barthes, this feeling can also be evoked by a photograph that contains a punctum: a moment of rupture in the photograph that suggests it own outside. In this context, Blind Field investigates subtleties in the fabric of our surrounding environments. Small moments constantly double our partial vision creating the larger narrative we interact with day to day. Blind Field works to complete and contextualize our position and give voice to what is often looked past or forgotten.
Blind Field incorporates found objects and hair in the work directly relating to identity, possession and status. These objects are encapsulated in sheets of bio plastic or covered by paint. The plastic renders items immobile, in a static field, ready to be examined. Paint is used to mask and hide objects from view. In this way the work attempts to enact the concept Blind Field, using found objects and hair as a punctum which interrupts the more static background of the larger installation. The strong link between these objects and personal identity reflects the imbrication of the individual into their larger environment and cultural processes that are beyond their immediate control or understanding. The interruptive force of these personal identity objects suggest the way in which people sustain productive and creative processes that attempt to but do not always succeed in resisting the limitations imposed by their political environment.
Blind Field will be on display from Friday, October 20, 2017 thru Saturday, November 11, 2017. An opening reception will be held on Friday, October 20th from 6-9PM. The evening’s festivities include light snacks and drinks, as well as free art making in the Make and Take room. This event is free and the public is warmly welcomed.
Kelly Johnston was born in Washington DC in 1991. In 2015, Kelly graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, with a BA in Anthropology and BA in Studio Art. Kelly has exhibited throughout internationally since 2010. Kelly’s work explores inherent tensions between emotional and physical discomfort by using natural materials on large scales to create sculpture and installation, in hopes viewers connect and address issues in their own lives. The use of human form can be seen as a common theme throughout her work and over time transitioned to incorporating mixed media approaches in her work.