Downstairs Back BOX
Transitory Spaces: The collaborative work of Gissette Padilla and H. Jennings Sheffield investigates the idea of time and physical and psychological space through light and projections. Their work explores different facets of perceived spaces and layered images. Padilla creates the physical space utilizing vertical strips of translucent fabric that hang from the ceiling and screen prints layered images and patterns onto the fabric. These patterns represent the noise and static that is created in the mind as if to fill in the gaps of a memory. Sheffield then projects videos and sound of re-contextualized personal memories and appropriated family imagery onto the fabrics. The multiple projections of imagery and sound overlap and distort the visual space. The projected imagery begins to fill in the missing information and characters in Padilla’s created spaces and joint moments in time are created. Upon entering the space, the viewer is encompassed by the projections and asked to walk around and explore the space. As the viewer interacts with the created space and characters, they too become part of the memory.
Gissette Padilla was born in Coro, Falcon, Venezuela. She moved to Houston, Texas, at the age of 8. She received her BFA from The University of Houston in 2008 and her MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2011. Her works consist of a combination of drawing, painting, and various printmaking techniques. Her work has been exhibited in a number of juried and group exhibitions in Houston, San Antonio, Boston, Kentucky, Sequin, and Austria.
H. Jennings Sheffield received her BFA from the Atlanta College of Art in 1996 and her MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2011. She is an international artist with her latest work exhibiting in the following shows: Houston Fine Art Fair, Houston Texas; Pride, Protest and Plains, Red Arrow Contemporary, Dallas Texas; The Billboard Art Project, Atlanta, Georgia; Intimacy & Voyeurism: 2012 SPE Women’s Caucus, The A R T S at C I I S, San Francisco, California; Luminaria, San Antonio, Texas; Red Dot, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio, Texas; Breaking Boundaries II, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China; Rust Fest, McDonough Museum of Art, Youngstown, Ohio; and What Do You Really Need?, Medien Kultur Haus Wels, Austria.