Kornegay’s mixed-media sculptures are much more confrontational than Timmerman’s photographs, with evocative words like “I Hurt, Get Over It” inserted into plywood and found objects. He poses a challenge to the viewer to decipher his work’s meaning with descriptive titles of abstract constructions. Timmerman, meanwhile, provides the viewer with his documented account of a trip to Houston. However, his account is not your typical tourist one of selfies and group portraits. The human presence is largely absent in his Houston scenes and even when he does capture people in museum galleries or in between staircases in an art building, the lightning and framing captures isolated encounters with the making and viewing of art.
In displaying the two artists’ works together, the exhibition not only speaks to the friendship between the two Arizona artists but also to the added layers of meaning each artwork acquires when displayed next to each other. This play on meaning and materials in which the artworks engage provides a refreshing view on the pairing of photography and sculpture.