May 18 – June 22, 2013
Reception: Friday, May 31, 6 – 8pm
The Riverside Arts Center is pleased to present Tree House, an exhibition featuring sculpture and installation by Kathleen Thometz. Thometz takes the idea of micro-living to a new level. Filling the gallery and sculpture garden with diminutive tree houses, forts, houseboats, and mobile homes, the works all exist on a miniature scale. As Thometz, explains, “Everyone needs a place to get away. Even if you can’t physically enter your own hut or fort, you can mentally and emotionally by meditating on one of these tiny homes.” With vibrant colors and a whimsical sense of play, Thometz deals with the need for personal space, escapism and control. Once inside you can pull up the ladder, float away from the dock or drive off. They are at once inviting and comforting, as Thometz is an adept world-maker. At the same time the work is uncanny, instilling a sense of longing and desire for an alternate reality always just out of reach.