Isabel Nolan

Kerlin Gallery

Marooned in the middle of the long, pristine white gallery was a thin, two-meter-tall archway, Portal Site, 2007, painted lime green on the inside and dark blue on the outside. Placed with evident precision close to an open staircase from which visitors emerge into the main exhibition space, but decidedly off-center, this functionless doorway led anywhere and nowhere. It notionally framed two works located at some distance at opposite ends of the room—a small floor sculpture, Is it cold out there?, 2007, and a large fabric wall hanging, Is this the end of our expectations?, 2006—on a slightly diagonal axis, but it occluded none of the other works in the exhibition. The portal’s modest scale, intense color contrast, compelling fragility, and studied lack of purpose provided an abstracted entry into a fragmented galaxy of handcrafted images, objects, and text works. Illuminated by myriad

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