Curatorial Work

CODEX

"On June 22, 2011, the Souris River ravaged Minot, North Dakota. Forcing its way through homes, it seized thousands of precious items; then, like a greedy burglar grabbing more than it could carry, was required to jettison its plunder in retreat.  Snatched away, thousands of objects drifted to a new resting place, displayed in public as a sad and surreal pastiche of the American material existence..."

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BLURRED BOUNDARIES

The human mind has the remarkable ability to perceive convincing patterns in puddles of chaos and banality. We are especially adept at making visual associations between diverse subjects. As children we become lost in the wonderment of clouds that transform into animals and the moon that wears the face of a man. In the collages of Sue Hettmansperger, disparate materials collide, generating new forms with traces of familiarity. Pieces of dried leaves and plastic pop rings are identifiable, carrying the weight of their own history. At the same time photographs and subtle marks of paint make these objects more difficult to place. The work channels both compatibility of forms and a growing tension between boundaries...

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I LOVE YOU BECAUSE YOUR PANTS ARE TOO SHORT

"The paintings of Gyan Shrosbree, not only recall the short-pants-feeling of Watteau’s Gilles, they remind us that the dignity of humanness is often found in the beauty of awkwardness, the truth of frailty, and the acceptance of process as the end which is always becoming. Whether in the poised paws of a checkered cat, or the tilt of a white Kangol newsy, these works offer the possibility of a connection through the delicacy and strength of individual experience..."

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WATER AND STONE

In the book, What Painting Is, James Elkins defines painting as a combination of two ingredients: water (medium) and stone (pigment). The action of painting is a process of negotiating the two. Water and Stone presents two artists whose work necessitates material functions... 

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NEW DAY

Consider the experience of an archaeologist: the sensation of being immersed in earthen substances and the ceaseless curiosity that keeps one searching. Imagine clay and grime under your fingernails, the damp smell of a cavernous hole in the ground, and the inexplicable wonder upon discovering a hidden mystery preserved in the earth. In addition to the associations we have with the physical acts of archaeological digging, think of what it means to be doing archaeology: to investigate and search for evidence of the past in order to learn more about ourselves in the present...

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