Thursday arts pick: “Emily Fleisher: Astro-Turf”

Big becomes small and small becomes big in the delightful work of Emily Fleisher.

Her solo exhibit “Astro-Turf” opens tonight at Women & Their Work with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

Using craft-store materials like flocking, cardboard, model railroad supplies, Fleisher plays with scale and animates landscapes. A miniature grove of trees tumbles out of wheelbarrow made of wood. Or else an itty bitty verdant hillside spills out of a book.

"Earth Moving," plywood, plaster, flock, metal. 2014.
“Earth Moving,” plywood, plaster, flock, metal. 2014.

 

Says Fleisher: “As I settled in (suburban San Antonio) a few years ago, I became hypersensitive to the things that pop out as atypical in the rather bleak suburban landscape. These interruptions break my expectations of my environment and feel like mini moments of revelation. I feel that the most ordinary of things are withholding moments of insight into the monumental.”

"Pocked-Sized,"  found book, armature, plaster, flocking, model railroad materials. 2013
“Pocked-Sized,”
found book, armature, plaster, flocking, model railroad materials. 2013

Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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