Hampden Gallery Presents Trish Crapo’s ‘The Presence of Absence’

"White Nightgown" by Trish Crapo

Hampden Gallery at the University of Massachusetts Amherst announces the launch of “The Presence of Absence,” a solo online exhibition by Leyden, Mass.-based artist, Trish Crapo. The exhibition will open on Teusday, Sept. 15 and will run through Wednesday, Oct. 7, with a live artist led poetry event on Thursday, Sept. 17, at noon.

Free tickets to the poetry event are available on the Fine Arts Center website.

Through photographs, video and spoken word created at a remote shack in the wild dunes of the Cape Cod National Seashore, Crapo explores whether wind, a clothesline, and a white nightgown can summon someone from the other side.

Aiming her lens on the pristine expanse of the Cape’s unpopulated dunes, Crapo captures the nuances of nature, opening our eyes to see more than what is there.

The online exhibition includes a movie that combines a reading of Crapo’s original poetry with images of a simple white nightgown hung from a clothesline on the beach. For the artist, this image conjures her beloved sister, Susan, who died in 2008 of breast cancer. The sisters grew up near the ocean in Miami, Florida, and spent many sun-soaked days on the beach. But even without knowing this, the viewer can intuit the nightgown’s solitary stand-in for a life lived. To see this plain white nightgown moving in the wind, while Crapo reads her poetry, brings its meaning to life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hampden Gallery at the University of Massachusetts Amherst announces the launch of “The Presence of Absence,” a solo online exhibition by Leyden, Mass.-based artist, Trish Crapo. The exhibition opened on Tuesday, Aug. 25 and will run through Wednesday, Oct. 7, with a live artist led poetry event on Thursday, Sept. 17, at noon.

Free tickets for the poetry reading are available on the Fine Arts Center website.

 

hrough photographs, video and spoken word created at a remote shack in the wild dunes of the Cape Cod National Seashore, Crapo explores whether wind, a clothesline and a white nightgown can summon someone from the other side.

The online exhibition includes a movie that combines a reading of Crapo’s original poetry with images of a simple white nightgown hung from a clothesline on the beach. For the artist, this image conjures her beloved sister, Susan, who died in 2008 of breast cancer. The sisters grew up near the ocean in Miami, Florida, and spent many sun-soaked days on the beach. But even without knowing this, the viewer can intuit the nightgown’s solitary stand-in for a life lived. To see this plain white nightgown moving in the wind, while Crapo reads her poetry, brings its meaning to life.Through photographs, video and spoken word created at a remote shack in the wild dunes of the Cape Cod National Seashore, Crapo explores whether wind, a clothesline and a white nightgown can summon someone from the other side.

The online exhibition includes a movie that combines a reading of Crapo’s original poetry with images of a simple white nightgown hung from a clothesline on the beach. For the artist, this image conjures her beloved sister, Susan, who died in 2008 of breast cancer. The sisters grew up near the ocean in Miami, Florida, and spent many sun-soaked days on the beach. But even without knowing this, the viewer can intuit the nightgown’s solitary stand-in for a life lived. To see this plain white nightgown moving in the wind, while Crapo reads her poetry, brings its meaning to life.