Jenniffer Omaitz has 'Constructions' at BAYarts
Through a thoughtful blending of paintings, assemblage and site-specific installation, artist Jenniffer Omaitz tackles chaos and form in her new exhibition, "Constructions." This is the first time she has displayed her 2D and 3D work together, and with it, she has overlapped weighty themes of architecture, boundaries, movement and geometry.
Juxtaposed against a cleaner sense of order, is what Omaitz refers to as a presentation of "harnessed and frozen chaos." This is shaped by her interest in states of change as they relate to the architectural trends, the environment and politics.
Large architectural elements in the ceiling of the BAYarts Sullivan Family Gallery were the catalyst for the main installation that Omaitz has created. "When I initially saw the space, the ceiling was one of the most distinguishing features about the site," she explained.
The established ceiling design was a touchstone to work from, rather than a hindrance. "One of the reoccurring tropes in my installation work is to utilize or bring importance to under-recognized architectural features."
And the building design proved to hold even more treasures. "When doing some research on the floor plan for the gallery space, I noticed that the entire first floor looked like the golden ratio which is a mathematical tool for measurement and design (to put it lightly)." Inspired, Omaitz decided to expand upon that element. "The circle theme will be reoccurring in most of the work in some way, as I'm exploring moments of containment and openness."
The exhibition has an opening reception on Friday, March 9, from 7-9 p.m. It runs through April 6, open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday to Saturday.
Jessica Stockdale is the Marketing Manager at BAYarts.