Curators: Eric Elliott & Jordan Wolfson
Figure Ground Art Gallery: August 4th - Sept 30th
Opening: Thursday, August 4th 5-9 PM and Thursday, September 1st 5-9 PM
From the Curators:
Human beings have been making two-dimensional handmade images for tens of thousands of years. The great project of Modernity provided the opportunity for radical, personal, creative experimentation in form. Individual, first-hand experience became paramount as a source, and through the impact and influence of painters such as Monet and Cézanne, the investigation of perception, and its relationship to being, became a key element. Modernity as a cultural era ended approximately fifty years ago, but the possibility of painting, and its attendant exploration of the interconnections between seeing, marking and being, as a vehicle for deep human engagement, continues unabated. This exhibition was curated with those concerns in mind, and heart.
The exhibition presents 18 painters in dialogue with the visible world, seeking to translate felt perception into paint. For them, meaning is located in the form itself, derived and generated in the relationships between the artist, the motif, and the painting. Each painter sees the world through their own particular lens, yet all ask themselves how it is possible to bring colored mud to life, and what that might say about the world we live in, and what it means to be human.
Eric Elliot & Jordan Wolfson
In recognition of the national examination of systemic racism and injustices, Gage Academy of Art is committed to continued analysis and expansion of our own institutional practices.
Land Acknowledgment: Gage Academy of Art would like to acknowledge that we stand on the traditional ancestral lands of the Coast Salish peoples—specifically the Duwamish People, past and present—and honor, with gratitude, the land itself, the Duwamish Tribe, and their ancient heritage. Without them, we would not have access to this gathering, dialogue and learning space. We ask that we take this opportunity to thank the original caretakers of this land, who are still here.
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