Artlink is pleased to present two concurrent solo exhibitions, “Color Code” by Marianetta Porter of Ann Arbor, MI and “Natural Histories” by Erin Patton-McFarren of Fort Wayne, IN.
In this solo exhibition, Marianetta Porter seeks to draw a correlation between historic memory and contemporary African American life through the language of visual art. In Color Code, Porter investigates the social complexities of race, the vagaries of color and celebrates the indelible expressions of Black life.
“As a mixed media artist, my creative practice is grounded in the study of African American history, culture and representation. Themes range from ethnography and folklore to visual culture, language and religious traditions. I am particularly interested in the ways these complex relationships are woven into the fabric of everyday life.” – Marianetta Porter
This solo exhibition by Erin Patton-McFarren is a marking of time and place, informed by the piercing markers of loss and healing. It is a performative process in collaboration with natural elements and rooted in meditation. The cyanotypes shown are made with non-toxic materials that interact with sunlight and bodies of water.
“As I sit and watch reflections dance on the ever-changing surface, I collect the movement of water over paper. I watch the sunlight slowly change colors on paper, shifting shapes and my state of being. This work grows into a celebration of life and records all that is beautiful in the present.” – Erin Patton-McFarren
These exhibitions will be on view at Artlink May 5 – June 5, 2022 with an opening reception on Saturday, May 7 from 4-7pm and an artist talk that evening at 6pm.