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Agents of Dissolve
& Dynamics of Fluid:

by Cathy Richardson
at Quicksilver

April 20—May 27, 2007

The Quicksilver Mine Co. presents a solo exhibition by Petaluma mixed media artist Cathy Richardson beginning April 20th. Agents of Dissolve & Dynamics of Fluid continues in the Gallery through May 27th.

"Agents of Dissolve" by Cathy Richardson

"Agents of Dissolve,"
mixed media on wood, 48" X 48", 2007

Richardson's artwork is a narrative of her direct experience of place, something she refers to as her "cartography of inquiry." During daily walks "I am often reminded of the deep organic connection the urban environment has to the natural order when city streets are excavated, offering glimpses of living sub-strata underneath pavement; or when tree roots dissolve man-made structures, heaving asphalt and seeping through cracks. I also see the endless patterns imposed on the earth by city blocks as an incredible experience of disharmony with the natural world, preventing our imagination from being a part of our everyday urban lives."

In this Show, Richardson's work is contained by rectangles and squares, emphasizing her experience walking this "grid," and begins to hint at what might become an agent of dissolve as she explores conditions allowing the continued flow of natural life despite our endless human attempts to control and possess the world.

Also in this Exhibition is an installation called The Salt Block Experiment. Using richly textured and marked concrete, Richardson introduces the viewer to an active visual dialogue as the block is slowly dissolved by (agent) rain.

Cathy Richardson received her MFA from the John F Kennedy University, Berkeley. Recent exhibitions include shows at HAMMERFRIAR in Healdsburg and Gallery Route One, Point Reyes. She was a recipient of the Arts Council of Sonoma County Emerging Artist award in 2006.


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"Held Notes" by Cathy Richardson
"Held Notes," piano rolls, birch bark, poplar box, 2007


Agents of Dissolve & Dynamics of Fluid opens with a Reception for the Artist on Saturday April 21st from 4—6pm.

Richardson will also present an informal Gallery Talk on Sunday May 13th beginning at 3pm.

"Re-Cycling" by Cathy Richardson
"Re-Cycling," mixed media on cedar, 2007