Heather Doyle-Maier at Emmanuel Gallery

Heather Doyle-Maier detail from "Bo(u)nd"
Heather Doyle-Maier “Bo(u)nd”

Heather Doyle-Maier’s installation, “Bo(u)nd,” 2014 at Emmanuel Gallery softly stretches within the confines of the space. A full size brass bed occupies the main area and is centered both front and back implying the ability to look (as if one were lying down) out into the trees swishing in the large round window.

The bed covers and books are made from a collection of delicate, cottony and gauzy fraying white sheets and pillows. Doyle-Maier has tenaciously marked the bed casing with over 16,000 one-quarter inch running stitches while filling it with fragile and broken eggs that spill from the center.

These eggs mark a centerline like an implied wall separating the two sides. Under the bed, up walls and into the upper floor is an extremely long dos-à-dos book that, while made from 350 separate books tightly woven together, effectively bifurcates the gallery space. Like a twisted spine the books drape from the wall and extend upstairs to the copper domed skylight.

From the upstairs gallery and looking over out into the space one sees clearly the cable wires that draw out from the center and are firmly attached in large bundles on the walls similar to battering down; a mooring rope in a tumulus sea. This tension is magnified by the pulling apart, both to the left and right. The slit in the bed cover becomes an excision to what lies within.

The feet and feet of off-white hand sewn zippers covering the bottom half of the cable wires only slightly temper the illusion of strain and stress. Rugged turnbuckles at the halfway mark re-up the effect of taut wires that (sadly) do not puncture to the space outside, but only pull in.

 

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On Wednesday, August 20, 2014 join Choreographer-Dancers Tara Rynders, Katherine Wagner and Jacob Tyler will perform individually and then improvise together in “Bo(u)nd.”

Free and open to the public

Emmanuel Gallery

July 24 – August 22, 2014

Hours: 11-5 Tuesday – Saturday

Auraria Campus

1201 10th St.

Denver, CO 80217

303-556-8337

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