On the opposite end of the spectrum for its austere evocation of home is InKyoung Chun’s “Blue Gate,” a steel structure in the iconic shape of a house whose blue neon tubes give a mere semblance of warmth. “Blue Gate” suggests that the idea of home is as basic as a street sign; an empty vessel we fill with our own ideas, comforts, positive and negative connotations. Lauren O’Connor-Korb’s “Gregor’s Anxious Dreams” strikes a similar note of formalist dis-ease: inside a mantel or shelf, an incessantly pinging whirl like a lottery ball forever looping in its basket signals some caged anxiety pent up in the home’s very structure.
Lauren O’Connor-Korb’s “Gregor’s Anxious Dreams” is featured in the group show “Domestic Structures” curated by Atlanta’s Candice Greathouse. CONTRIBUTED BY BRITTAINY LAUBACK
A sophisticated evocation of the fragility of home, Elizabeth Lide’s “Dirty Laundry” plays like a collection of archaeological relics. Her vases and pitchers crafted from paper pulp and plaster suggest a myth of home propped up with great effort. Channeling a similar handicraft moment, Jessica Machacek’s “Curtain: Blue Majestic With Ocean Bottom” is a quilt whose cozy, homegrown ambiance is destroyed by its material — vinyl.
(From left to right) Jessica Machacek’s “Curtain: Blue Majestic With Ocean Bottom” in pool vinyl; Elizabeth Lide’s “Dirty Laundry” in plaster and paper pulp; and Christina Price Washington’s “Couch,” photogram. CONTRIBUTED BY BRITTAINY LAUBACK
There is also work that asserts the domestic as a subject without offering much more by way of insight like the talented photographer Christina Price Washington’s photogram of a “Couch” that turns a familiar object into something slightly eerie. Some of the most enticing work in the show are Brittainy Lauback’s quietly creepy magazine-slick images of vintage offices. Her beige and peach-colored push button telephones and answering machines are relics of another age, a “Mad Men”-era when office work was less a career than a purgatory before marriage. Vases of roses and manicured nails suggest women as the ultimate office appliance. All of the bland, sand-colored office accessories lend a mix of sadness and vapidity to the world depicted that gets under your skin.
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Bottom line: Though ambitiously mounted with an array of well-crafted work, this show falls short of its effort to reanimate what home means to 21st-century female artists.