5Traverse Gallery, Providence RI. Feb. 14-March 14
Curated by gallerists Jesse Smith and Maya Allison*.
Magaly Ponce explores microscopic personal moments through video and photography. Tiny electronic parts, textiles, and moments are magnified onto expansive Japanese rice paper scrolls and delicate video sequences. At this startling scale, mundane images give way to lyrical, metaphorical landscapes.
Magaly Ponce is a Providence-based artist originally from Chile. She is best-known for her multimedia installations and video art, featured recently at The Lisbon Village Festival in Portugal, a video retrospective at The RISD Museum, SoundScape 2007, and a commission for inSite 05 at the San Diego-Tijuana border crossing, among many others. Her work has been funded by the Rockefeller, MacArthur and Lampadia Foundations, and a Fulbright grant.
In related news, Allison recently joined 5 Traverse after a series of curatorial projects with new and unusual media, including "Pixilerations [v.5]," the annual new media festival in Providence. This followed her three-year curatorial term at The RISD Museum, where she curated the exhibitions "Music Video/Silent Film: Innovations in the Moving Image" (curator, 2008), and "Wunderground: Providence, 1995 to the present" (co-curator, 2006). She holds a BA from Reed College, and an MFA from Columbia University.