In My Back Pocket

In My Back Pocket: Delaney Smith

September 15th – October 22nd, 2016

Artist Reception Thursday, September 15th 6-8:30pm

Gallery Talk with Delaney Smith 6:30-7pm
Wine & Light Fare

Hunter Gather is pleased to announce the opening of In My Back Pocket, a solo exhibition featuring works by installation artist Delaney Smith, on Thursday, September 15th, 2016. In My Back Pocket  presents a series of installations that explore methods by which we hold, tie, and secure objects—acting as metaphors for the ways in which we carry theories, goals, preconceptions, expectations, and even ourselves, throughout our lives.

The body of work created for In My Back Pocket is a direct result of hours spent during Smith’s long commutes between her home and work, during which she noticed how truck loads were carried, organized, and secured. Comparing the load’s journey to our own lives, Smith began asking herself: “Is it heavy? Is it a burden? Is it rich and soft? Do the straps we use to secure it sink deep into the load? How long will we carry the load? The whole journey or can we let it go at some point along the way?” With a background in bookmaking and soft furnishings, Smith’s installations combine handmade paper, fabric scraps, steel supports, and deteriorating curtains to form small loads that are hung, bundled, stacked, and rolled—creating tensions between rich material surfaces, and calling attention to the restraints that keep the loads from falling victim to gravity. In My Back Pocket, the artist explains, is trucker lingo for a place you have passed, a place that is behind you. Smith’s work asks us to consider our own loads—what do we carry with us, what do we let go off, and how does that shape us.

Please join us for the opening reception for In My Back Pocket  on Thursday, September 15th from 6:00-8:30pm and an artist talk from 6:30pm-7pm.The exhibition will run September 15th – October 22nd, 2016.