Dates: Jul 20 2007 - Oct 6 2007
Opening Reception: Jul 21 2007
Walsh Gallery is pleased to present the latest work of Indira Freitas Johnson. In her installation, The Uncertainty of Truth, in our project room, Indira returns to explore the potential of spirituality in junk. Ms. Freitas Johnson uses discarded objects from nature and industrialized society. She is interested in the passage of time as well as the sense of survival and stoicism in found objects.
Using chicken wire, Ms. Freitas Johnson has formed a huge hand that is interwoven with catalpa seed pods, traditional Indian mirrors and pieces of mother of pearl. The hand stands in the center of the room filled with sand. Viewers are invited to take off their shoes and walk in the sand as they enter the space. The walls surrounding the viewer are covered in a photo series of henna tattooed hands and feet. The foot series represent a passage of time as the photos cover the fading of the henna tattoos. As Ms. Freitas Johnson says, "Hands and feet, symbols that appear in practically every culture since the dawn of civilization, continue to dominate my work. Hands are the principal way that work is accomplished and signify the action of karma. Feet guide one towards spiritual growth and identity. Throughout my work, I have tried to evolve a vocabulary of signs to express the human relationship to the universe."
Ms. Freitas Johnson's work is currently being exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago) and her show at the Chicago Cultural Center opens early next month. She has recently exhibited at the New Museum of Art (New York), the Museum of Contemporary Art (New Orleans), the Prince of Wales Museum (Mumbai), the Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft (Louisville), and the Queens Museum (New York).