Meyerhoff gallery pieces (Photo: Jordan Young)
On Monday, a show I have been looking forward to for quite some time finally opened in Hoffberger’s Corrin Gallery. The exhibit, Present-Tense Thoughts About Past-Tense Future Actions, is the senior project of art students Monica Mainville and Matthew Wolff. Mainville and Wolff’s work, shown side by side, makes for an interesting exhibit full of juxtaposition. Though visually the two artists work in a similar aesthetic with the use of mixed media and tones of white, grey, and black monochromes, Mainville’s art is significantly more tangible and hyper personal than Wolff’s work, which is technical, reduced, and aloof – in a good way.
Mainville’s work is comprised of black spray painted sheets of mylar, chrome picture-less frames, glass bowls of steel wool, and scrapbooks. It is dark, psychological, and largely sedentary. There is very little movement in her work, which seems to be reflective of her own personal space and her exploration of learning how to cope with trauma and emotional instability. Rather than coping, however, it is more elusive of being stuck. Given her artist’s statement, she is visually achieving her artistic goals.
Wolff’s pieces all rely on a sense of movement, from a close-up video of water, to large white balloons frenetically bouncing over fans on cinder blocks to a “big-brother-esk” circuit of TVs that recorded the movements of people throughout the gallery. As a whole, the art is energetic, exciting, and completely removed. Unlike Mainville’s work, which is clearly introspective, Wolff’s works seems less about himself and how the viewer sees him, but instead, how he views the world around him.
The show will be on view until Friday and is definitely worth a peak. The artists’ works compliment one another in their various contradictions and illustrate the clear dichotomy and duality of everyday life between public and private.