Margaret Smithers-Crump Pulse

November 21, 2014 – January 10, 2015 Gracie R. Cavnar Gallery

Margaret Smithers-Crump’s work focuses on vulnerability, growth, powerlessness, and transformation within natural cycles of life. It examines the consequences of choices and investigates notions of probability. Working primarily with Plexiglas, Smithers-Crump’s current series of work utilizes water—with its inherent associations to life, death, and renewal—as both metaphor and substance to further investigate ideas regarding existence. For this exhibition, the artist created three new installations that explore the three-dimensional use of Plexiglas: cutting it into shapes, bending or melting it by heat, chemically bonding disparate pieces, or sanding it down to receive diverse art media. Using both floor and ceiling, Smithers-Crump transforms the gallery into a glass-like world composed of translucent forms and light.