For Immediate Release
Gail Greenfield Randall:Case Histories
July 7 though August 4, 2007
Track 16 Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition Gail Greenfield Randall: Case Histories, curated by Kristine McKenna. The show will be on view from July 7 through August 4, 2007, with an opening reception on Saturday, July 7 from 7 to 10 P.M. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 AM to 6 PM.
Gail Greenfield Randall began creating small sculptural works in the early 1980s, but by 1985 she’d shifted her focus to painting. For two decades her art-making practice revolved around figurative canvases combining acrylic and ink; however, that mode of working came to an abrupt halt when her grandmother died in March of 2006. “I became acutely aware of my inability to control time,” she recalls of her grandmother’s passing, “and much to my surprise, I began creating these boxes. They seemed to capture time for me somehow, and they gave me a place to put my sorrow.”
Clearly in the tradition of the great 20th Century master of the ephemeral, Joseph Cornell, Randall’s memory boxes collect everything from found photographs, weathered souvenirs, old toys and vintage medicine bottles, to butterflies, artificial birds, time pieces, scrap electrical supplies and antique locks and keys. She thinks of the boxes as “protected vignettes,” and scavenges materials to create them in thrift stores and flea markets from Ventura to the Mexican border. Limiting herself to items costing under $10, she’s mastered the finer points of dumpster diving in her quest for materials, and she’s often given things for use in her work by friends. Randall describes her boxes with handles affixed, for easy portability, as secretive and private as compared with wall pieces, which are designed for public viewing. However, all of the work is freighted with feelings of times past and is palpably obsessive. “In fact,” Randall observes, “I know that a box is done when I stop obsessing over it.”
Curator, critic, and author, Kristine McKenna’s work as a journalist began in the late 70s, when she covered the Los Angeles punk scene for various domestic and international publications. During the 80s and 90s she wrote art, film, and music criticism, and profiled directors, musicians, and visual artists for a variety of publications, including New York Rocker, Artforum, Rolling Stone, and the Los Angeles Times. She is presently working on a biography of the artist Wallace Berman. Among the exhibitions she has curated at Track 16 are Lun*na Menoh, 1986-2006, and Forming: The Early Days of Punk.Case Histories will be shown concurrently with Paul Joyce: Hollywoodland, curated by Dennis Hopper, and Glen Wexler: The Secret Life of Cows.