Tri-Star Arts is pleased to announce the next exhibition in their gallery at the historic Candoro Marble Building. A two-person show, Elements & Dreams, featuring works by artist Raymond Padrón (Chattanooga, TN) and Sarah Shebaro (Knoxville, TN) will open on Tuesday, May 18, and run through Saturday, July 10, 2021.
Raymond Padrón states: “I describe my studio practice as an epistemology through craft. Regardless of the subject, I am continually drawn to the question of how we gain knowledge, form our beliefs, and seek truth while recognizing the ever-expanding complexity and uncertainty of the systems we confront. Even our methods of gathering this information—reason, introspection, perception, memory, and the testimony of others—seem to have us shift our weight from one to the other as we embrace or grow beyond the values we trust.
In parallel, my engagement of traditional craft functions as a framework for my practice and is a tenuous anchor for my explorations. The complex relationship between tradition and improvisation is an essential consideration. It compels me that these two methods seem at odds, and yet we can find a great sense of identity in both the culturally-rooted performance and in the self-expressive nature of the improvisational act. Conversely, our relationship to both can just as easily produce distance and a loss of identity. This relationship is significant to my practice as I seek to make work that carries a vague sense of familiarity, yet is deeply sincere in both its physical presence and conceptual complexity.”
Sarah Shebaro explores origin through the historical study of ancient and medieval visual themes and an obsessive sketchbook practice. The resulting imagery is disseminated through a combination of processes including varying traditional, originally functional, handcraft techniques.
Shebaro relies on specific techniques, such as appliqué, patch making, and letterpress that were initially developed and practiced for functional reasons. This parallels the probable explanation of why humans started to drawing images from life, to communicate and live on in the historical record. By combining these elements Shebaro’s goal is to gain perspective and appreciation and nudge the viewer towards doing the same.
This exhibition will be open to the public, alongside iconic spaces within the Candoro Marble Building, regularly from Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 am until 5:00 pm going forward. Masks and social distancing (6 feet apart) are required. The gallery occupancy is limited to a maximum of 10 persons at a time.