From Here to There
From Here to There
Solo exhibition at Metcalf Gallery
Taylor University (Upland, IN)
February 3-29, 2012
This exhibition features a selection of Early’s recent work exploring the phenomenon of our embodied experience in the world, particularly as it relates to perceptions of time and space.
Several pieces explore these themes through mark-making and directly recording everyday activity. For Studio Floor, 2008-2009 and Studio Floor, 2009-2010, Early lined the floors of his studio with paper during each of his two years of graduate school. Through an accumulation of shoeprints, coffee stains and other residue, the presence of people is made know. The architecture of each space also begins to emerge, as can be seen in the imprints of floorboards and former walls. To-Do (2009-2010) is a similar collection of marks-- specifically the artist’s weekly checklists on scraps of paper--also spanning a year and serving as an index of time.
Right Arm Measure and Left Arm Measure record the motion of Early’s arm as he holds a flashlight and swings it around his body in a completely darkened room for twenty seconds. Likewise, Star Gazing, an 8 minute 20 second video of the sun--a duration that corresponds with the amount of time it takes light to reach the earth--he camera again allows for a visual experience that would be impossible if seen through the naked eye alone.
The photographic installation Cosmos consists of over two dozen photographs cataloging each light in Early’s home. The arrangement of the photographs loosely corresponds with the floor plan of his house, thus referencing the familiar shelter of home while alluding to the unknown expanse of space above. This idea of the immeasurable is also present in the sculpture Now, a meditation on the elusiveness of the present.