Martha Street Studio: A Constellation of Sorts by Andrew Testa, February 22 - March 29, Opening Reception February 22
Exhibition dates: February 22 - March 29 2019
Opening reception: Friday February 22, 5-8pm
Artist will be in attendance
Artist talk: Saturday February 23, 3 pm
ASL interpretation available by request
A Constellation of Sorts is an assemblage of found and family photographs within Testa's personal collection, to be shared and hidden, discontinuous yet whole. He is both artist and archivist in his explorations, collecting these now-muted objects where he does not attempt to bring clarity and sharpness to the photographs he encounters, but rather embraces the softening the image may have experienced due to the heaviness of elapsed time. He revisits an image over and over, again and again: scanned, cropped, printed, cut, moved, folded, unfolded—a process that distances his printed image from the connecting photograph.
Peering into the collections of his gridded and orderly displays, a slow unfolding begins to emerge. From afar, the entirety of the artworks—a constellation of sorts—are assumed to be completed and straightforwardly simplistic in their initial encounter. When one pauses and allows their eyes to wander, moments of inconsistencies arise. Gaps and voids begin surfacing...slowly: a blank image is noticed, a void in a grid, a fold, a line. The systems, initially assumed to be complete, become interrupted and begin to drift into fragility.
Andrew Testa is an artist, collector, writer and educator whose practice is a question of translation and an attempt to understand the slippages within such acts and gestures of transformation—an inquiry into the spaces between object (whether thing, space, place), perception, word, image, and the experiences these meetings entail. Testa is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in printmaking at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and has additionally taught at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, and Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie. He achieved his MFA from York University in Toronto and is the recipient of a SSHRC scholarship and the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant.