Russell Prather: And the Heart is Pleased by One Thing After Another Exhibition at Dennos Museum Center

  • Presented By: The Dennos Museum Center
  • Dates: June 6, 2021 - August 15, 2021
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: The Dennos Museum Center
  • 1410 College Dr
  • Traverse City, MI 49686
  • Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Price: $6 for Adults, $4 for Children 17 & under, and Free for Members, NMC Students and Faculty, NARM, ROAM, and EBT card holders
  • (231) 995-1055
  • About

    Russell Prather makes visually volatile renderings of simple forms and ordinary objects from layers of transparent and translucent media. He creates these layers using both additive and subtractive methods: painting tinted acrylic medium onto sheets of transparent polyester film, or cutting out shapes from sheets of insect screening and other materials. He then aligns these layers on metal rods and suspends them from the ceiling, or stretches them on aluminum screen frames that he mounts on light boxes that sit on the floor.

    In either case, whether looking up or down, viewers see a succession of two-dimensional surfaces that collectively conjure a three-dimensional body. Their structure—schematic, segmented, and sequential—gives these pieces an inherent instability that frustrates attempts to categorize them, as either whole or fragmentary, spatial or temporal, abstract or concrete—even as paintings or sculptures. With no single, fixed position from which to view them, the alignment of the layers is always in flux. Viewers, by shifting their own perspective and proximity, can transform these pieces in both subtle and radical ways. The floor pieces made from bug screen produce complex moiré patterns that make them seem to flicker and squirm as you move around them. The hanging pieces can appear solid and extended when viewed at an angle, flat and compressed from the front or back, but from the side, they seem to fold into space and disappear.