A selection of art work by Deirdre Day will be exhibition from August 3 to August 31 at Green Kill with an opening celebration on Saturday, August 3 2019, from 5 pm – 7 pm. The Green Kill August Exhibition will include Deirdre Day, Robert Guadagnino, Miguel Martinez, Gary Mayer, and Carlo Vitale
Best viewing hour are 3 pm to 6 pm, Tuesday – Saturday. Green Kill hours are 3 pm – 9 pm Tuesday – Saturday.
About Deirdre Day
I came of age into a cavalcade of images. In magazines, books, advertising we all bathed in the post-war fantasy of happiness lived on a colorful, easy-to-clean surface. All that was convenient and beautiful could be bought in easy payments. The works in this collection were made after my large installation (“Butterfly/Suture”) and more intimate versions that approach the same questions.
As a semiotics major at Brown University, I began to create collages out images from popular culture. And I learned about the theory in film of ‘suture’– “our normal experience of films” gives viewers “certain strategies for comprehending a shot chain, not only in virtue of familiarity with films, but also perhaps even more importantly, on the basis of knowledge of a broader culture that employs narrative, simile and metaphor in ways that can be mimed in editing” “Suture” is the means by which the psyche makes sense out of the nonsense of filmic language. The viewer stiches together a unified whole out of the discontinuous snippets of film. According to theory, suture heals a psychic wound allowing the subject to construct an identity, a coherence, out of brokenness.
Collage provides another way for the viewer to experience a similar process. Shredded images give us only glimpses of the whole forcing us to construct the narrative that we already know. Unlike many collage artists who take images as wholes and juxtapose them with other images, I fragment the representations even further until they are scraps of color and pattern. In these works I have broken letters down to their shapes fragmenting them even further. Your eye may try to create the words, as an archaeologist tries to piece together the shards of pottery to unearth the past. Some pieces here are composed entire out of typography while others layer the letters across images. I want to create an image that works across multiple dimensions. The first is simply form and color but each fragment carries with it attachments to its original context dragging that history along with it and adding a psychic layer (to match the physical layering of paper).
Deirdre Day (D-day)
AB, Brown University, Semiotics.
MA, New York University, Fiction Writing.
Ph.D., City University of New York, English.
Previous Exhibitions of Deirdre Day at Green Kill
Selected works of Deirdre Day were on exhibition at Green Kill from March 2, 2019 until March 30, 2019 along with works by four other artists including Giancarlo Fellippi, Nina Kossman, Dorothea Osborn and Sparrow.
Best hours to view this exhibition are 3-6 PM Tuesday-Saturday.
The opening celebration was on Saturday, March 2 from 5-7 PM. Please join these five unique artists.
About This Exhibition of Collage by Deirdre Day
Constructed out of collage over coat hangers and wood pulp packing materials, Butterfly/Suture is an installation created throughout the 2018 through early 2019. The themes that emerge relate primarily to the role of women in PostWar America, drawing primarily on materials directed at women which cast them as pinup, mother, wife and most often—consumer. This work arises out of much of my earlier work but is the largest and most ambitious collage work I have undertaken. With more than 300 separate elements –each one containing its own narrative—Butterfly/Suture seeks to immerse the viewer in a whole composed of thousands of scraps.
Previous Exhibitions of Deirdre Day
A selection of Deirdre Day’s collage works was on exhibition at Green Kill from March 3 to March 30, 2018, Tuesday through Saturday, 3 to 9 PM. The opening will be on March 3 from 5 to 8 PM.
About Deirdre Day
Deirdre Day spend her childhood– first in England and later in Rochester, NY–in her room making pictures and writing stories. Later at Brown University, she majored in Semiotics with the emphasis on poetry and painting but drifted gradually towards writing. As a copywriter in NYC and then an academic and a writer, she surrounded herself with books and words.
But the words kept morphing into pictures and the books kept becoming the material for art rather than for abstract thought.
Obsessed with the archaeology of dead knowledge, she gathered encyclopedia and old magazines splicing them into dramatic visual representations of a past that shapes the present. Like the cinematic idea of ‘suture’, the collage bridges disparity and creates a narrative.
She moved to the Rosendale NY in 2013 and has since been filling her attic with old paper and working on her illustrated memoir, “The Book of Martyrs.”