April 1 – May 7, 2016

Opening Reception, Thursday, January 7, 7 – 10 pm
Conversation with the Artists Saturday, April 2nd, 2PM

Whitespace

814 Edgewood Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30307
Tel: 404.688.1892
Gallery Hours: Wed - Sat 11 – 5 pm or by appointment

Wendy Given and Ryan Pierce present Nocturne, at Whitespace Gallery from April 1st through May 7th, 2016. 

In Nocturne, the second exhibition in a series of collaborative two-person shows, the Portland, Oregon based artists present new sculptures, paintings, drawings and photographs drawn from the intersection of their creative visions: the nocturnal, the nonhuman, and the wildness that resides in each of us.

For this exhibition, Given presents vivid, uncanny photographs, drawings and sculptures that resonate in the dark, unstable ground between consciousness and collective memory. Her practice stems from a profound interest guided by the natural world, folklore, myth and magic—magic as a term meant to conjure the notion of the interconnectedness of all life forces. Nature is prescribed as a foundation of verity, power, and mystery in the work—both intelligible and arcane. While Given’s subject matter dwells on primeval belief systems, the resulting work is distinctively contemporary—reflective of modern culture’s mode of assimilating and processing myth.

Pierce exhibits mixed-media sculpture and paintings inspired by his visit to a mask museum in Zacatecas, Mexico. As a continuation of his series Terra Incognita, Pierce looks to the historical parallels between the search for knowledge and the conquest of land and people. In the styles of botanical illustration, surrealism, and folk art, his objects and images evoke the confluence of the Age of Discovery with present and near-future uncertainty about climate change, speaking to a simmering dread that we are desecrating the natural world just as we come to know it.

Nocturne was devised while Given and Pierce spent two weeks camping together as hosts of Signal Fire’s Outpost Residency this past Summer. Given and Pierce both convey an intense yearning to honor and utilize our inherent awareness through their respective visual crafts—to regain unspoken understanding and to be conscientious of the fact that we are all, and always will be (as humans), integral to and dependent on the natural world.

Art, Nocturne
Nocturne Installation View
Two-Person Exhibition with Ryan Pierce
Whitespace, Atlanta, GA
April 2016


Art, Nocturne
Nocturne Installation View
Two-Person Exhibition with Ryan Pierce
Whitespace, Atlanta, GA
April 2016


Art, Nocturne
Nocturne Installation View
Two-Person Exhibition with Ryan Pierce
Whitespace, Atlanta, GA
April 2016


Art, Nocturne
Nocturne Installation View
Two-Person Exhibition with Ryan Pierce
Whitespace, Atlanta, GA
April 2016


Art, Nocturne
Nocturne Installation View
Two-Person Exhibition with Ryan Pierce
Whitespace, Atlanta, GA
April 2016


Art, Nocturne
Nocturne Installation View
Two-Person Exhibition with Ryan Pierce
Whitespace, Atlanta, GA
April 2016


Art, Nocturne
Nocturne Installation View
Two-Person Exhibition with Ryan Pierce
Whitespace, Atlanta, GA
April 2016


Art, Nocturne
Nocturne Installation View
Two-Person Exhibition with Ryan Pierce
Whitespace, Atlanta, GA
April 2016


Art, Nocturne
Nocturne Installation View
Two-Person Exhibition with Ryan Pierce
Whitespace, Atlanta, GA
April 2016


Art, Nocturne
Nocturne Installation View
Two-Person Exhibition with Ryan Pierce
Whitespace, Atlanta, GA
April 2016


Art, Nocturne
Nocturne Installation View
Two-Person Exhibition with Ryan Pierce
Whitespace, Atlanta, GA
April 2016


Art, Nocturne
Nocturne Installation View
Two-Person Exhibition with Ryan Pierce
Whitespace, Atlanta, GA
April 2016


Art, Nocturne
Nocturne Installation View
Two-Person Exhibition with Ryan Pierce
Whitespace, Atlanta, GA
April 2016


Art, Nocturne
Nocturne Installation View
Two-Person Exhibition with Ryan Pierce
Whitespace, Atlanta, GA
April 2016


Art, Nocturne
Nocturne Installation View
Two-Person Exhibition with Ryan Pierce
Whitespace, Atlanta, GA
April 2016


Art, Nocturne
Nocturne Installation View
Two-Person Exhibition with Ryan Pierce
Whitespace, Atlanta, GA
April 2016


Art, Nocturne
Nocturne Installation View
Two-Person Exhibition with Ryan Pierce
Whitespace, Atlanta, GA
April 2016


Art, Starshine, 2015
Starshine, 2016
Mirrored acrylic octahedron
36 x 84 x 36 inches

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Art, Pavo, 2016
Pavo, 2016
Taxidermic peacock, mouse, insects, flowers and crystals
78 x 18 x 24 inches

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Art, The Witches, 2016
The Witches, 2016
Mixed media on paper
40 x 40 inches

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Art, Ursa, 2015
Ursa, 2015
c-print
20 x 16 inches
Edition of 3

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Art, Nervus opticus, 2015
Nervus opticus, 2015
C-print
20 x 16 inches
Edition of 3

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Art, Mountain Screamer, 2015
Mountain Screamer, 2015
C-print
20 x 16 inches
Edition of 3

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Art, The Followers of Thought and Memory, 2015
The Followers of Thought and Memory, 2015
C-print
18 x 18 inches
Edition of 3

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Art, A. styx, 2016
A. styx, 2016
Death's-head hawkmoth, red silk, antique French casket in acrylic cube
6 x 6 x 6 inches

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Art, Daughter of the Night, 2015
Daughter of the Night, 2015
Duratrans in Lightbox
30 x 30 inches
Edition of 3

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Art, Corvus
Corvus, 2014
Taxidermic Carrion Crow, silver, moonstones, quartz crystals, meteorites and dragon vein agates
44 x 19 x 7 inches


Art, Cauda Pavonis
Cauda Pavonis, 2016
Rook, rooster and peacock feathers
80 inches (diameter)

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Art, Paradis, 2014
Paradis, 2014
Mixed media on paper
30 x 45 inches

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Art, Paradis, 2014
Paradis (detail), 2014
Mixed media on paper
30 x 45 inches


Art, Paradis, 2014
Paradis (detail), 2014
Mixed media on paper
30 x 45 inches


Art, Paradis, 2014
Paradis (detail), 2014
Mixed media on paper
30 x 45 inches


Art, Of the Garden: Scindere, 2014
Of the Garden: Scindere, 2014
Wood, iron and deer antler
59 x 24 x 12 inches

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Art, Of the Garden: Scindere, 2014
Of the Garden: Scindere (Detail), 2014
Wood, iron and deer antler
59 x 24 x 12 inches


Art, Of the Garden: Vitus, 2014
Of the Garden: Vitis, 2014
C-print
40 x 40 inches
Edition of 3

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Art, All Things are Possible
All Things are Possible, 2015
Mixed media on paper
12 x 11.5 inches

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Art, Serpens No. 2, 2014
Serpens No. 2, 2014
Clay and glass eyes
2 x 6 x 6 inches

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Art, Serpens No. 5, 2014
Serpens No. 5, 2014
Clay, glass eyes and Northern Flicker feather
2 x 34 x 9 inches

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Art, Serpens No. 6, 2014
Serpens No. 6, 2014
Clay and glass eyes
1 x 12 x 10 inches

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Art, Serpens No. 7, 2014
Serpens No. 7, 2014
Clay and glass eyes
1 x 16 x 14 inches

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Art, Serpens No. 8, 2014
Serpens No. 8, 2014
Clay, glass eyes, enamel and porcelain Teeth
2 x 10 x 10

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