SEPTEMBER 2 - 20, 2016

Relative Ground is a group exhibition featuring Devra Freelander, Leah Piepgras and Aimee Odum curated by Corey Oberlander & Lindsey Stapleton that denotes the tension between an understanding of the world as governed by scientific principles and a sense of the world through lived experience.  Through material exploration and immersive installation, these artists consider the human intervention that occurs during the exploration of events and phenomena.

Through cast forms of natural and synthetic material, Devra Freelander considers how technology affects and defines geological understanding. Her overly saturated and polished sculptural elements, referential of polar geologic features, read as digital in a physical world.

Leah Piepgras is interested in intangible connections and ties between ourselves and the greater human experience. Taking Jill Bolte-Taylor’s My Stroke of Insight and reported results from the Koren Helmet experiment as reference, she considers the constant state of becoming: how subtle shifts in a conscious state affect the relationship with the seen and unseen environment.

Aimee Odum is interested in the way perception defines environment. Her installation, Gorge, carries the notion that instead of a knowable world waiting to be discovered, there is a world which can only ever be known as a product of our encounters with it.

Much of the general understanding of the environment and humanity’s place in it comes from third-party information.  First person experience provides something else; an incommunicable sense of knowing.  Individually, each of these artists have taken on the task of articulating, through their practices, a personal unknown. Together, Relative Ground conveys a unifying need to define an indefinable perception and connection.

Devra Freelander,  Impure Vertical,  2016

Devra Freelander, Impure Vertical, 2016

Leah Piepgras,  Feral , 2016

Leah Piepgras, Feral, 2016

Devra Freelander makes sculpture at the intersection of geology and technology. She received her MFA in Sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design, and has traveled to Antarctica and Iceland in pursuit of polar sublimity.  She has exhibited nationally and internationally, at the New York Design Center, the RISD Museum, the White Gallery in Lakewood CT, and the Fjuk Arts Centre in Iceland. She is a recipient of the 2016 St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award, and will participate in the 2017 Arctic Circle Residency.

Odum received a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the University of Arkansas in 2016 and a Bachelors of Science in Pre-Art Therapy from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2011. As a recipient of the Sturgis International Fellowship, she was a visiting student at Iceland Academy of the Arts in Autumn 2015 exhibiting her work at Mengi and The Living Art Museum. In conjunction with the State of the Art exhibition, Odum was invited to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Symposium Local Views to speak about her work and participate in a panel discussion. Odum also curated exhibitions for the University of Arkansas student gallery, sUgAR, and launched sUgAR Vision, an online platform mimicking the proliferation of Internet images, videos, and newsfeed, by posting streams of relational content. Additionally, Odum is a collaborator for the multi-media performance project, Golden Blobess, premiering in Belgium Summer 2016. Interested in how instinct and culture formulate perceptions of the environment, Odum tackles both the desire and tension arising through new media, travel, and ecological exploration.

Leah Piepgras received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 1997, and has since exhibited and performed throughout the United States. Her chief concern as an artist is to make work that is visual philosophy, addressing the mysteries of our existence and asking questions about our different states of consciousness.  She has work in the permanent collection of, among others, Wilmer Hale, New England Biolab and Fidelity Investments, and has been featured in Beautiful Decay, The New York Times and The Boston Globe.


The gallery is a 2000 sq. ft. multipurpose space that is easily integrated into recording sessions and can accommodate large ensembles. The space is available for rent for live performances and art exhibitions and is zoned tax-exempt on the sale of original artwork. Machines with Magnets sells classic cocktails, beer, and wine at all events. The space is fitted with a Yorkville Elite EX2 system (consisting of a 1200-watt 1×18 subwoofer and dual 450-watt 1×12 full range speaker enclosures), dual Yorkville 100KW powered monitors, a Soundcraft GB2R 16/2 mixing console, outboard time-based effect processing, Shure SM57/SM58s, Sennheiser e602, Audix drum miking kit, and DIs by Radial and Groove Tube. 16 lines connect the stage to mix position while 32 lines connect the venue to the recording studio. The space is currently curated by Marcel McVay. MWM’s thirteen foot walls are perfect for accommodating large format pieces. Please forward any inquiries to Marcel.
Pawtucket, RI 02860
Recording Studio, Gallery + Venue