The Joseph Gross Gallery, School of Art is pleased to present an exhibition by couple, Kristin Bauer and Emmett Potter. The duo often collaborates to create works merging their visions and have exhibited together on numerous occasions. The Give and Take, explores the psychological and emotional responses to the material of the pop culture lexicon.
Both Bauer and Potter adapt, appropriate, alter and excavate our shared public domain in an attempt to decode how we attach meaning to the iconography of our culture. Her background in psychology and therapy practice mixed with a medley of anything from Cheap Trick to the Italian Renaissance influences Kristin Bauer’s works. The vast visual and written information she pairs together often seem like unrelated subject matter, however upon closer examination the works provoke the viewer to create a framework for meaning. The multi-media pieces essential become vessels for contextual collaboration between the observer and the artist. Similarly, Emmett Potter incorporates vintage comic book imagery into multimedia social studies that rouse emotive responses to power. By omitting portions of representation, combining different color palettes and emphasizing what is absent against what is present, Potter contemplates our present-day standards.
Kristin Bauer has exhibited her work at the Tucson Museum of Art, Phoenix Art Museum, Mesa Contemporary Arts Center and I.D.E.A. Museum. Recently, she completed an artist residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, where her work is in the permanent collection. Emmett Potter’s work has been exhibited nationally including with Phillips De Pury, New York, NY, Modified Arts, Phoenix, AZ, and Wright Gallery, Hawaii.
This exhibition is supported by the Lionel Rombach Endowment and the University of Arizona School of Art.