Routinely | Kendall Bradley, Erin Miller, and Sarah Ott

November 9th, 2017  |  Published in CURRENTLY @ the BOX, EXHIBITIONS, UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS

November 18, 2017 – January 13, 2018 Exhibitions
Opening Reception Saturday, November 18, 2017, 7 – 9PM

Routinely | Kendall Bradley, Erin Miller, and Sarah Ott
Upstairs BOX

In Routinely, place and context are examined as Sarah Ott (New York, NY), Erin Miller (Houston, TX) and Kendall Bradley (Austin, TX) investigate ‘home’ though the rendering of individualized objects as well as rituals and routines embedded in tradition. Memory and observation serve as grounding points for these artists, each recalling their surroundings through various media.

In Sarah Ott’s drawings, moments of seemingly small importance are granted individualized attention; familiar objects and images are often drawn as if suspended in their environment, framed for focusing the viewer’s attention on small details or minutia. Similar inspection can be seen in Miller’s screen-printed compositions.

Directly borrowing imagery from her late grandmother’s archival insurance photographs, Miller aims to “fill in the blanks” of visual information lost through the scanning, cropping, and re-enlarging of these images. Hand drawn elements, sourced from memory, are added to the compositions, simultaneously flattening and creating depth.

Kendall Bradley further examines memory and place. Through travel and dislocation, Bradley strives as an artist/researcher to understand her role as both visitor and resident. Memories of place become skewed over time, often creating new environments through generalizing/summarizing/repeating aspects such as pattern and color.

Collectively, the work seen in Routinely serves as tokens of familiarity, sentimentality, and of home.

Kendall Bradley is a senior at the University of Texas at Austin pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art and a Bachelor of Arts in Design. At UT, she has worked closely with visiting artists in the Guest Artist in Print Program and holds positions as both an Undergraduate Risograph Fellow and Art Lab proctor. Bradley has participated in many local group shows, including Two Christmases and a Half-Birthday at the Visual Arts Center, which she co-curated alongside 3 other participating artists and the Center Space Project. Bradley has been awarded the Marshall F. Wells Scholarship and Fellowship Endowment (Oxbow School of Art Residency, 2015), and has most recently received funding for the Atravesarte University Study Trip (Mexico City, 2017). Bradley continues to live and work in Austin, TX while she completes her degree requirements.

Erin Miller received a BFA in Studio Art at the University of Texas at Austin in 2016. There, she co-founded and directed The Mom Gallery, which produced 13 exhibitions featuring 31 national and international emerging artists. Miller has participated in many group exhibitions both locally and nationally, most recently including Collective Pulse at the Galveston Arts Center (Galveston, TX) in 2017. In 2016, she mounted a solo exhibition of drawings at Bass Concert Hall (Austin, Texas). Miller is currently living and working in Houston, TX and is an artist member at Burning Bones Press.

Sarah Ott received a BA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015. While in school, she helped cofound The Mom Gallery, producing multiple exhibits featuring emerging artists of varying backgrounds. Sarah has exhibited work in Austin and New York and currently works and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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