Reckoning/Fleeting Traces Exhibition – Rebecca Krinke/Eleanor McGough


Rebecca Krinke

Fleeting Traces
 Eleanor McGough
Exhibition Dates: June 2 – July 1
Reception: Saturday, June 9th, 7-10pm
 Gallery Hours: Saturdays + Sundays: 12–4 pm

MST member, Rebecca Krinke presents a large installation, Reckoning, which creates a domestic, psychological space of wonder and terror. Reckoning continues her series of bed sculptures – although here the room begins to take shape around the bed. Black feathered curtains swirl at a window. There may be a fire raging outside – or is this a dream about a fire? Stacks of her dozens of black bound notebooks are visible on the burned wood floor below.
“Reckoning” means a settling, a summoning, a judgment, or the avenging/punishment of past misdeeds. The “day of reckoning”, is a time in the future when one will be forced to deal with an unpleasant situation that they have avoided until now. Rebecca’s installation evokes questions about what we hold on to, where we hold on, and the costs of holding on: memories, secrets, notebooks, relationships, possessions, or houses.


Reckoning (Rebecca Krinke, ©2018)

Eleanor McGough presents Fleeting Traces, an exhibit of paintings, collages, and a large installation of hand cut paper insect silhouettes.

The paintings capture the nostalgia of natural history dioramas and vanishing landscapes. Phrases and words serve as themes for each painting with the use of painted text within the images.

The paper insect silhouettes are a reflection of our desire to capture, collect, catalog, and display discoveries from the natural world. As extinction escalates and natural history collections continue to build with creatures from days gone by, each paper silhouette serves as a symbolic “place holder” for an imagined insect that has died off or may disappear in the future.

While the exhibit speaks of climate change, the fleeting existence of countless creatures, and vanishing landscapes, it also allows for metaphors to the human conditions of loss, grief, and adapting to inevitable change. McGough is drawn to insects for their metamorphosis and finds hope in the idea that transformation is an enduring possibility and cause for optimism as life on our planet evolves.