Preview by Nazish Chunara
These paintings are placed next to each other, along with one on the opposite wall. They represent what Farr describes as “form,” the middle stage of this layout. I eventually made my way to “pre-form”’ and “letting go of form.”
Pre-form is represented by the wall sized sculpture resting against the wall immediate to the entrance of the gallery. Without even knowing the layout’s intentionality, I can see the beginnings of this story because of this specific piece. It’s large and whole but disheveled in appearance. Monday morning anyone? The intrigue of this piece leads you to the remaining sculptures installed with black backgrounds. They are made of plaster, cotton and burlap. Their individuality suggests the importance of pieces or steps that make up an occurrence. Each sculpture, though nearly all similar in size, has their own shape. Carefully molded with attention to consistent color and various edges and shadows, they each embody their own personality.
Farr’s previous works present her research on American civilization, embodiment and spirit and how they interact. Out of Nothing may have transitioned from history's telling's to her personal story telling, but I think the moment you set foot into that show, you’ll sense the familiarity and find that your story is hidden in there too.