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Housebound :: Installation View 


Rachel Farbiarz, Bella Foster, Allison Gildersleeve, Allison Reimus, Ann Toebbe and Augusta Wood

Heiner Contemporary / Washington DC :: November 2, 2012 - January 5, 2013

Heiner Contemporary is delighted to present Housebound, a group exhibition exploring the depiction of domestic space featuring work by Rachel Farbiarz, Bella Foster, Allison Gildersleeve, Allison Reimus, Ann Toebbe and Augusta Wood. Practicing in different media, these artists address various definitions of home, shifting between its public and private nature. For many, home is a reflection of the self, where rooms become extensions of one's personality. It is a place where possessions are gathered, memories held, and lives are recorded through belongings and their use. Augusta Wood memorializes her grandparents' former home by projecting family snapshots in layers onto the walls of the now vacant house. Her haunting photographs provide an interesting comparison to Ann Toebbe's cozy, created-from-memory, cut paper and painted rooms, which play with perspective and color, and Allison Gildersleeve's intimate, impressionistic vignettes depicting interiors drawn from her daily life.

While domestic space may be linked to private moments and personal histories, it can also function publicly as a showcase for entertaining that speaks not only to the way one lives, but the way one wishes to be perceived. In this vein, Bella Foster's whimsical, idealized living spaces filled with bold textiles, bawdy wallpaper, and objets d'art bring to mind a well-heeled, international set, and Allison Reimus's textured vessels and abstracted architectural details reference home décor and interior design. In contrast, Rachel Farbiarz's socially conscious installation removes the home from its bricks and mortar context and investigates the way it exists as a mental construction for certain populations. Viewed together, the works in Housebound consider the relationship between domestic space and personal history, identity and memory.