Where They Want to Go brings together work that can be seen as pinning down memories of place with color and materials; of holding, if only abstractly, that day, that hour, that moment.
The work celebrates the unanticipated outcomes, the unplanned and accidental, the building up of layers, the straight line veering off course, and the edges where lines and forms are uncentered and move where they want to go.
“In people’s homes, I am drawn to these same edges or spaces where you can see the owner of the space most clearly -- where they’ve hung their pictures and then tacked up things in between, what lives on their bookshelf next to the books, what’s the view from the favorite chair. For me, memories of people are always connected with memories of objects, of furniture, of rooms, and of views from rooms. My mom is the olive green profile of Mt. Tamalpais against the sky; my dad is the dark oak floors and cream colored walls of the dining room.”
Where They Want to Go is organized by Erin McCluskey Wheeler, a Richmond artist and teacher who works in mixed media and collage. Erin is represented by Jen Tough Gallery in Benicia and is the current artist in residence for the El Cerrito Recycling Center.