Feedback Loop featuring artists Anne Stagg and Laura Tanner will be on display Nov. 4 – 26 at the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers.
Anne Stagg and Laura Tanner are visual artists whose work pulls from their experiences growing up in the South.
Anne Stagg eloquently addresses some of the humanitarian issues of our time through modes of formal abstraction, employed not only within her densely layered paintings, but also in the iterative process through which her work is made. The paintings in her Edits & Omissions series, on view in the gallery, develop over a number of years and are the result of her re-working discreet individual paintings and then re-exhibiting them in their altered state. Her process is not one of economy, but one of catastrophic loss through an unforgiving process of elimination using white paint. Artworks in various states of her evolutionary process are included in the exhibition.
Laura Tanner examines revisionist histories that reinforce systems of inequity through her richly detailed, hand drawn and hand cut collage-like constructions. She combines invented imagery derived from oral histories together with images borrowed from wallpaper patterns, cookbooks and Americana advertisements, capitalizing on America’s propensity for sentimentality to expose discriminatory power structures through the lens of a Southern female perspective. Using double sided mylar, her meticulous craft weaves together depictions of Americana in drawn tapestry. Tanner’s dense use of visual language both conceals and reveals alternative narratives, enticing engagement with and reflection on the social textures of our contemporary culture.
An opening reception is set for Friday, Nov. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. For more programming details, call 239-939-2787 or visit online at www.artinlee.org.