Between Matter and Experience
Jul 7—Jul 22 2014
Hamilton Hall Lobby
This exhibition represents the work of seven contemporary painters. While the visual vocabularies are diverse, there exists a shared humanist perspective that suggests the way it feels to move through the world without feigned knowing or emotional distance, expressing an openness to sensation of both paint and subject.
The work reflects attention to the overlooked, the intimate, the awkward and imperfect, appreciates mystery, and possesses a curiosity for things hidden. In all the work, there is a suggestion of the existence of something not entirely present.
This "between" state takes the form of the tension between abstraction and representation, between image and the physical form of the paint, and where a quality is present that resists naming.
At the heart of this view is the idea that this attention to humanness inspires a range of voices.
This exhibit grew from a small, casual dialogue between a few of the painters in this show into a larger discussion on painting. The original conversations traced the threads of continuity that weave through the work of these artists from different cities and generations.
Partly facilitated by the personal relationships that connect them, or maybe as a result of seeing each other's work, but most likely due to something much more far-reaching and complex, these painters share an attitude on painting that manifests in quite different visual expressions. The decision for this particular grouping is to draw attention to how diverse that expression can be.
Betsey Batchelor BFA '75 (Painting)
Bonnie Levinthal BFA '81 (Printmaking)
Sarah McEneaney '75 (Painting)
Above: "Humpbacks" by Sarah McEneaney '75 (Painting), egg tempera on wood, 2010.
This exhibit also ran June 4 - July 3 in the President's Office Gallery.
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