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Marc Dombrosky

Who throws their sister to the wolves under the bus?

June 12 to July 23, 2014
Artist’s Reception, Thursday, June 12,
6 to 8PM

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Platform Gallery is pleased to present our second solo exhibition of works by Marc Dombrosky. “This project explores the construction of fragmentary narratives and the simultaneous erosion of memory through encounters with gathered objects and embroidered works on found papers.

“Related through their shared dislocation, repurposing, and multiple histories, these things will align for a brief time together in this exhibition space then depart, sometimes over and over again. Pieces utilized in previous works reappear here—transformed, modified. The embroidery on found scraps that has been the focus of the work for the past decade is still active, channeling then dispersing meaning through the groups. It may be the valet key to the Camry. I hope we can still be friends when all this is over.

“Taken on their own, many of the objects included in the exhibition are the familiar things that I live with daily in our house now—a broken fireplace insert, an old cassette tape, a reproduction side table (a reproduction of both Eileen Gray’s original design as well as the table on my porch), fur-lined gloves, Michigan black walnuts, sticks.

“But some of these things came from somewhere else, somewhere hidden: the sunglasses found on the beach in Florida already covered with barnacles; the railroad spikes and nails buried near old track line in the Tacoma Tide Flats; the plastic bags from the empty lot outside of the detention center in downtown Las Vegas, already emptied, their contents not even suggested. They hold together—briefly—with frailty, doubt, loss, and faith.

“Most of these things I’ve picked up without ever considering what will happen to them, or how they’ll fit together—even temporarily—with anything else. Some I’ve held onto for years now, waiting to see a connection. Like the severed ear in David Lynch’s Blue Velvet, perhaps these objects are all portals to this other, hidden world. One of the found embroidered notes says it best: ‘Hi, It’s been such a long time since I ordered these items, I kind of forgot how—is this right?’

Marc Dombrosky lives in Eau Claire, MI. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, and Clark County Government Center, Las Vegas, NV. His work has been included in group exhibitions at Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI; Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO; Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA; Gregg Museum of Art and Design, Raleigh, NC; and Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA. He is currently Chair of the Department of Visual & Performing Arts at Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac, MI.

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