AVA Gallery and Art Center, located at 11 Bank Street in Lebanon, NH, is pleased to present Solitude, an exhibition of photographs and a multi-media installation by artist Carla Kimball. Kimball’s show initially opened on March 13, just days before New Hampshire’s stay at home mandate went into effect, making the exhibition particularly resonant in our new life under Covid-19.
Kimball was guided by three themes for her exhibition: Movement, Stillness, and Solitude. Her initial inspiration came from an invitation to participate in Sculpturefest 2016 in Woodstock, VT where she was challenged to present photographs in a sculptural form. Her response was to print still images on fabric strips that moved and danced in the breeze. This, in turn, inspired her movement teacher and choreographer, Marie Fourcaut, to respond with multiple movement pieces and public performances with other dancers which are reflected in this exhibition.
An empty red chair found at the farm that hosted Sculpturefest that year became a pivotal element around which many performances, journeys, and adventures were built. “I realized that empty chairs have appeared frequently in my images over many years… I began to move the chair around the property, discovering how it could convey that quality of solitude in so many different environments.”
Kimball’s work will be exhibited online and in the Members Gallery at AVA Gallery and Art Center by appointment during gallery hours Wed – Sun, 11am – 5pm. For reservations, please go to our website or call 603-448-3117. Kimball will give an artist talk at 6pm on Sunday, August 16th via Zoom. Links to the Zoom talk are also available on our website, www.avagallery.org.
Our upcoming fall exhibition schedule includes our Silent Auction Exhibition and Sale from September 18 – October 2, culminating in an online auction. Shadowing Alfred: An AVA Dog Show will be held in our Members Gallery from September 26 – October 23, 2020, with 10% of the proceeds donated to Long Trail Canine Rescue.