Invitational Group Show with Tammy Rae Carland, Rebecca Barten, Signe Olson, Melody Owen, Amy Rathbone, Miriam Stahl
October 8 – December 17th, 2011

Traywick Contemporary is pleased to announce Visitors, an invitational group exhibition the work of Rebecca Barten, Tammy Rae Carland, Signe Olsen, Melody Owen, Amy Rathbone and Miriam Stahl. Visitors is co-curated by Lena Wolff and includes the work of artists who are also participating in Paper Quilt Project, a collaborative exhibition of pieced paper constructions (organized by Wolff) showing at Berkeley Art Center (near Traywick Contemporary) in North Berkeley. The Visitors exhibition combines notions of hidden realities, natural forces, and structural manipulation in an exploration of what it means to be a visitor.

Inspired by a range of art historical and literary sources, as well as the natural world around her, Rebecca Barten’s collaged pencil drawings are at once mysterious and calculated. Her depictions of animal forms are densely populated with colored lines, layers of drawing and patterns of cut and punched paper that create compact fields of energy within each piece.

Tammy Rae Carland’s work utilizes photography, experimental video and limited-edition artist publications to explore questions of memory, affect and objecthood. Her complex pieces assemble an emotive, if sometime oblique, archive that attempts to bridge the artist’s personal experience with the public domain.

Signe Olson’s latest work is at the intersection of painting and drawing. Derived from the intricate delicacy of architectural motifs, the individualized squares of the structures depicted in her work evoke the atmosphere of a many-storied home, cluttered with memories and spontaneous expressions of emotion.

Melody Owen’s work explores ideas of connectedness — visitors who overlap and come and go, yet are connected by time and place. The artist echos these transient relationships in her manipulated postcards, which simultaneously reveal and obscure the place being visited.

Amy Rathbone’s installations explore the boundary between the real and the imagined, evoking a state of curiosity that asks viewers to reconsider traditional modes of seeing. Her work engages the unseen and in-between spaces to highlight multiple perspectives.

Miriam Stahl’s politically and socially charged prints are strongly influenced by her work in the public sector. Her bold, graphic works reflect the artist’s strong interest in widespread societal collaboration and participation.

For more information about Paper Quilt Project: Collaborations in Contemporary Craft at Berkeley Art Center, please visit

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