Y2Y Gallery Highlight: Tracey Snelling

We are proud to introduce Tracey Snelling: an Oakland-based artist showing at our upcoming group exhibition, Staging Space, opening at Y2Y Gallery on May 12, 2011.

At the heart of Tracey’s multimedia installations are sculptures of miniature buildings and neighborhoods. Her works are anything but stagnant: she combines standard building materials with electroluminescent wire, LCD screens, and media players for sculptures that light up, make noise, and loop film clips. Outside the miniature sculptures is an environment of wall hangings, photographs, props, and video projection that transport the viewer to another place. It’s no wonder that Tracey’s own travels throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States are major influences in her work (along with film, literature, and international cultures).In Staging Space, Tracey presents renderings of Chinese restaurants and other Asian-inspired locales that could very well be right in our own neighborhood. In fact, the sculpture Dragon Village replicates a Bay Area Chinese restaurant, though Tracey decided to place it in a rural Chinese setting next to lotus lily ponds. By placing a real Alameda building in a Chinese countryside, Tracey draws attention to the fact that her sculptures are not exact recreations of a place but rather settings that seek to capture the feeling and idea of a place. Dragon Village brings together Tracey’s memories of China, where she spent two extended stays for artist residencies, and her own hometown. She manipulates the place in a mysterious fusion of visual reference, memory, and emotion to highlight the profoundness that physical places have in our lives.

Photograph by Tracey Snelling

Tracey Snelling was born in Oakland, California, and has been exhibiting in major local and international galleries since 2000. Her celebrated collection, Bordertown, was recently featured at Sundance Film Festival and Oakland Underground Film Festival followed by a 10-year retrospective at San Franciso’s Rena Bransten Gallery in 2010. Other notable exhibitions include Woman on the Run that has already traveled to Selfridges (London, UK), Smack Mellon (Brooklyn, New York), 21C Museum (Lousville, Kentucky), and is on its way to Winston Salem (North Carolina) and Frist Museum (Nashville, Tennessee).

Join us on May 12, 2011 from 6-8pm to enjoy the work and company of Tracey Snelling, Kathryn Kenworth, and Sasha Petrenko in Staging Space. This is an exhibition of three-dimensional, light-infused works that you won’t want to miss!You can also find Tracey’s work at the following present and future exhibitions:Reconstructed WorldApril 30 to June 4, 2011Di RosaNapa, CAGroup exhibition. Artists in the exhibition include: Sandow Birk and Elyse Pignolet, Keith Cottingham, Kota Ezawa, Al Farrow, Samara Halperin, leonardogillesfleur, Liz Hickok, and Tracey Snelling.Chico and ChangJune-July 2011Intersection for the ArtsSan Francisco, CAGroup exhibition exploring the meeting of Hispanic and Chinese culture. Artists include: Sergio de la Torre, Takehito Etani, Ana Teresa Fernandez, Clement Hanami, Angelica Muro, Favianna Rodriguez, Lordy Rodriguez, Charlene Tan, and Tracey Snelling.OtherworldlyJune 7-September 18, 2011Museum of Arts and DesignNew York, NYGroup exhibition. Artists include: James Casebere, Joe Fig, Didier Massard, Michael McMillen, Lori Nix, David Opdyke, Liliana Porter, Walter Martin and Paloma Munoz, Tracey Snelling, and others.Woman on the Run September 9, 2011 through February 5, 2012Frist Center for the Visual ArtsNashville, TennesseeFrist CenterSolo exhibition.

Trading Post at Rena Bransten Gallery

For further reading, see:

Staging Space Press Release

Interview with Tracey on Hi-Fructose

Tracey’s Website