Towels: Survey of a Familiar Object
Quinn Gorbutt (curator)
Nov. 1st - Dec. 2nd, 2012
My own practice as an artist is almost always a heuristic enterprise and it remains so in curating an exhibition: can the disparate be brought together to form a whole, somehow different or greater than the constituent parts? While this is a thematic exhibition, it might only be so in name. The artists and works on display encompass a breadth of artistic concerns tethered under the guise of a common subject and the connection of a common acquaintance.
Rather than putting on a show about towels, what I’ve hoped to do is look broadly at the idea of subject matter and how a subject influences (or doesn’t influence) a work’s ability to generate meaning. While the nominal subject of each piece is a towel of one or another kind, the way each work uses its subject to illicit a response from the viewer varies widely and foregrounds the potential polysemy of subjects in artworks.
Featuring Artists: Dan Boardman, Eric Ruby, Erik Dalzen, Ethan Jones, Eve Tyler-Hanig, Jeff Downer, Lauren McMahon, Lindsay Richards, Lindsay Metivier, Nick Sullivan, Quinn Gorbutt, Steven Paneccasio, Al Straggas, Cara Brostrom, Erica Frisk and Joe Gallo.