sub/Terrain addresses themes of connection by examining the spaces we occupy, examining how we shape and are changed by them, and the evolutions of the surroundings themselves.

Deb Diehl, Arzu Arda Kosar, and Patricia Liverman use landscape, terrain, and the natural environment to explore issues around connectedness and temporality. They are especially interested in mapping our connections to the spaces we live in, examining how we shape and are changed by them, and how they evolve. The work featured in this exhibition includes sculpture, video, photography, and site specific works.

The exhibition is on view at the Gresham Gallery at San Bernadino Valley College from September 16 to October 27.

Deb Diehl’s work explores the tension between the surface and what potentially lies beneath it. Whether socially constructed, or naturally occurring phenomenon, the topics she chooses to explore drive her choice of medium; usually video, photography, or installation. Using hunting camera “traps” in her own yard, she captures urban wildlife interfacing with man-made objects or areas, such as holes and tunnels. The images are an exploration of the human desire to interact, and connect with, wild animals.

Arzu Arda Kosar’s work examines different ways of charting borders, despite – or perhaps because of, their often temporal and elusive nature. Whether she is documenting literal lines drawn on the ground, dealing with territorialism, categorization, or exploring mental maps, Kosar’s interest lies in exploring the ways social networks operate and the inter and intragroup relationships they generate. Utilizing knit fabrics, zippers, and bricks, her work can appear visually festive despite its heavy subject matter.

Patricia Liverman’s work is inspired by natural formations, geological events, and what lies below the surface of the earth. Creating maps, sculptural paintings, and installations that suggest geological formations and excavated remains, her work explores time and impermanence; slow incremental processes and sudden ruptures. She is interested in states of being that are less permanent than they appear and the readjustments that occur in response to forces outside of our control.