Past Exhibition 2014: What is Left Behind?

In What Is Left Behind, both artists respond to the residual –artifacts of our consumption culture and memories, both real and imagined. These materials and images are reshaped, appropriated, and juxtaposed in unexpected ways to create new realities, forms, and landscapes. Collectively, their work challenges us to examine how we consume, collect, and cast aside “things” as we shape our personal understanding of identity.

The woven and constructed forms included in this show by the artist Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin are synergies of long abandoned technologies and craft-based techniques. Meticulously constructed using residual materials that include audio cassette and VHS tape, her work transforms these objects into inventive forms that belie their origins as refuse. Largely minimalist in her approach to color and form, Fabiola is interested in creating a visual relationship to nature through works saturated with man-made materials.

Casey Snyder’s large-scale paintings investigate and appropriate memory. With precision, Casey Snyder utilizes and then disguises a variety of paint application techniques and media to develop the lush, richly layered canvases featured in the exhibition. Images amass and meld on the surface, appearing to be abandoned memory, imaginings, and misinformation that have collected over time. The work, dominated by depictions of spaces that read as both interior and exterior, are filled with fragments of figurative and abstract forms. With the potential for multiple interpretations, the Freudian scenes created by the artist invite us to explore our own personal histories.

Born in México City, México, Fabiola lives and works in Playa del Carmen and Bethesda, Maryland. She received her BFA from The Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois in 2003. She has participated in a solo show at Paseo del Carmen in Quintana Roo, Mexico in 2007 as well as a group show at Hardcore Art Contemporary Space in Miami, Florida. 

Casey Snyder received her MFA in painting from Kendall College of Art & Design in 2012. Most recently, her work has been featured in Smith Center for Healing and the Arts in Washington, DC and Galerie Myrtis in Baltimore, MD. She currently resides in Gaithersburg, Maryland.