• Jodi Connelly and Michael Pribich Opening Reception

  • Sat, 12/14/2019 at 6:00 pm
  • Verge Center for the Arts
    625 S St
    95811 Sacramento
Jodi Connelly and Michael Pribich Opening Reception - Verge Center for the Arts - Sacramento

The Ali Youssefi Project and Verge Center for the Arts are pleased to present two concurrent solo shows by the first Ali Youssefi Project (AYP) Artists in Residence: Before You Were This Place, You Were Another Place by Jodi Connelly and Backstitch by Michael Pribich.Through the physicality of working directly with the land, Jodi Connelly explores the effects of human presence in the environment and how our migrations and activities have transformed it. Connelly’s interactions with the landscape are an attempt to create intimacy with a place and become part of its rhythms. Before You Were This Place, You Were Another Place explores the history and ecology of the land where Connelly reintroduced native plants to the site of the former mining town of Knoxville, CA, located on the McLaughlin reserve.For the exhibit, Backstitch, Michael Pribich has de-weaved and altered synthetic bulk bags, which are commonly used in agriculture and construction work. Pribich’s ideas are informed by the unique things he has seen and experienced during his residency in Sacramento where the laden history is both fabulous and tragic. He’s attracted to the magnificent Central Valley setting, including the infrastructure that supports enormous production. Pribich’s de-weaving of bulk bags is a metaphor for de-constructing traditional labor narratives. By opting to sew the backstitch of post-colonial history, he encourages the viewer to look behind in order to see ahead.Images:Jodi Connelly, Lines of Excavation, Charcoal, pastel, gouache and gesso on paper, 2019Michael Pribich, Codices, Recycled material bags sewn together and de-woven, pigment, human hair, 2019