04 Jul 2018

Configuration: Tess Dempsey and Whitney Ramage

Bakehouse Art Complex

Reviewed by Elisa Turner

Quiet clarity fills the Audrey Love Gallery at the Bakehouse. Cleanly installed works in various media by Tess Dempsey and Whitney Ramage move macho-minimalism from the last century to a more tender level, though some works seem unduly spare.

It looks right for our days of non-stop digital screaming on social media, pinpointing bodies in the space of time passing. The two artists created "Configuration" during an artist residency at the Bakehouse, producing one piece together and others individually. The thirteen works convey call-and-response connections, protesting Orwellian risks from virtual reality and artificial intelligence.

Dempsey used hands as units of measurement to build geometric forms matching her body in common positions. Ramage's affecting rows of 1,365 folded paper boats mark the days since a close friend died in 2014. On two vellum scrolls in Running Out The Clock, hash marks stand for each day each artist has lived. Its naked simplicity stuns.

Exhibition Configuration: Tess Dempsey and Whitney Ramage
Start date 28 Jun 2018 (19 days ago)
End date 14 Jul 2018 (3 days ago)
Presenter Bakehouse Art Complex link
Venue 561 NW 32nd Street, Miami, FL, USA map
Image Tess Dempsey and Whitney Ramage, Running Out The Clock, 2018, two sheets at 2 x 60 feet, courtesy of the artists
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