Hollis Hammonds' 'Worthless Matter' matters

A work by Hollis Hammonds.

Artist Hollis Hammonds' giant installation hangs by dozens of black strings from the ceiling. Surrounded by spiral wooden veneers, it breaks away from the wall, angling upward and then turning down toward the floor.

It lingers like a stationary horizontal tornado that has swallowed tons of human belongings: rusty chimney, green lampshade, white blinds, bleached dining chairs, bureau drawers, dead branches, commercial cartons, foam boards, a dark wooden suitcase, a painted skateboard, and so on. These trash-like objects were collected by Austin-based Hammonds in and around Charleston for this show - so they might have be yours.

Lit from above, the installation drops intricate shadow patterns on the floor, as well as onto both the left and right walls, projecting subtle colors due to overlapping shadows.

"Worthless Matter," Hammonds' solo exhibition in Redux Contemporary Art Center represents her comment on "the impermanence and worthlessness of superficial possessions." Hammonds had an exhibition by the same name at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio earlier in 2014.

Although only four works are featured in the show in Charleston, her sharp artistic sense is obvious. Complicated in lines and structure, Hammonds' works - both the black-and-white charcoal and ink drawings and the installation - are always a reminder of industrial urban ruins. Her experience of growing up in semi-rural Kentucky and surviving a house fire in her teens shapes her work. There is beauty found objects and waste.

Insher Pan is a Goldring Arts Journalist from Syracuse University.