Amnesia @ High Tide

Crista Ann Ames
Keren Cytter
Carl Durkow
Mauro C. Martinez
Nick Norman

September 20 - October 19, 2019
High Tide
1850 N Hope St. 14a
Philadelphia, PA 19122

The hippocampus is a small, seahorse-shaped formation in the brain that drives memory formation and consolidation (turning short-term memories into long-term memories). Because the brain is symmetrical, you actually have two hippocampi. Located close by in the frontal portion of the temporal lobe is the amygdala, which deals with long-term memory processing and consolidation. Its name comes from the Greek word for almond.

Studies have shown that emotions can enhance or alter long-term memory retention. When you recall a memory which has been steeped with emotion, the memory will emerge vividly, but often inaccurately. Once memories are encoded, they are typically retained with a decaying degree of accuracy over time. Elizabeth Phelps, Professor of Human Neuroscience at Harvard University, has found that one year after an event, 50 percent of what you recall will change.

The work chosen for amnesia all touch on a notion of an abstracted memory recall. They play with remembrance and quarrel with time.


HIGH TIDE is an artist-run gallery and project space located in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Through formal exhibitions, performances, workshops and experimental programming, High Tide seeks to maintain a critical dialogue between artists and our local and global communities.

Crista Ann Ames is a ceramic artist currently living and working in Ellensburg Washington.
She has been an artist in residence at A.I.R. Vallauris in France, Guldagergaard International Ceramics Research Center in Denmark, the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT, The Clay Studio of Missoula, Santa Fe Art Institute, and Red Lodge Clay Center. Crista is currently an artist in residence and studio manager at Gallery One Visual Arts Center.

Keren Cytter is an artist living and working in New York, whose practice knows no bounds. She is a prolific video artist, draughtswoman, playwright and author, as well as the founder of “Dance International Europe Now,” and “Art Projects Era.” She has exhibited recently at Pilar Corrias gallery London, Hamlet gallery Zurich, as well as solo exhibitions at The Center for Contemporary Art Tel-Aviv and The Museion Bozen Bolzano Italy.

Carl Durkow is an artist and designer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Carl creates real objects for humans. He learned the mold making and casting process while working with the Haas Brothers in Los Angeles California, which he now utilizes to make unique beeswax candles. His work can be found at Home Union in NYC, YOWIE in Philadelphia, and Candid Home in Los Angeles California.

Mauro C. Martinez is a painter of the cultural landscape. It’s not always a cheerful narrative; but one that resonates with irony, grim humor and a multitude of graphic and painterly styles. He is based out of Laredo and San Antonio Texas. He has exhibited recently at MUSA Alternative Art Space Laredo Texas, Galerie C.O.A in Montreal, and De Stijl Gallery in Austin Texas.

Nick Norman is a ceramicist and maker of drawings based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Nick creates works informed by personal narratives, humorous observations, and “bad ideas.” Recently, Nick’s work has been shown at OKP store in Tokyo Japan, Kamihira in Philadelphia, Melanie Flood projects in Portland Oregon, Harpy Gallery in Rutherford New Jersey, Pictureroom and Enorme in NYC. He has contributed to the comics anthology “Happiness,” and is working on a vegan cookbook with IFIAAR.