Something Like Yesterday
at Contracommon Gallery in Bee Cave, Texas
Work by Aria Brownell and Sidney Westenskow
Paintings by Aria Brownell
Soft Sculpture by Sidney Westenskow
Gallery display by both artists
Walkthrough Video by Alex Coronel
Untitled (Cat Couches, Dan)
12:30pm (Santa Barbara)
Self Portrait (Un-tweezed)
Something Different: Dad
Pictures from inside the gallery
Video of 'Grief Journal'
Sidney and I created this gallery space together over the course of a week, including furniture, bottles, cans, coffee mugs, used items, blankets, and more, alongside my paintings and her soft sculptures to fabricate a sense of familiarity to visitors. Many items within the gallery space can also be seen as rendered objects in some of my paintings, giving my work a literal connection to its surroundings. Sidney's fiber work communicates directly with my own work, and mine with hers, as they are intertwined in an ever-flowing conversation within the furnishings of the gallery. Sidney's soft sculptures act as residents of the "home" we created and my paintings are as those of the residents'. A living space within the gallery leads into a separate room standing in as the "bedroom," where visitors can find Sidney's "Learning Bed" and my "Grief Journal", with indication to pick up the journal and read the illustrated text while sitting on a comfortable chair that has the visitor staring directly at themselves in a mirror. Walking through the gallery one will find a mix of both of our work. Our organized chaos guides one's steps through the space to view work both from from afar and at a very close distance, seeking out easter eggs, small details, intricate stitchings, and connections between objects.