Picture/Thing presents ten artists—Anouk Kruithof, Kendall Baker, Isidro Blasco, Rachel Harrison ’89, Leslie Hewitt, Jon Kessler, Marlo Pascual, Mariah Robertson, Erin Shirreff, and Letha Wilson—who make hybrid objects that challenge the limits of photography and sculpture at a time when the definitions of the two media continue to evolve. The exhibition is on view from Tuesday, January 27 (opening reception from 5PM to 6:30PM, including talk by the curators) through Sunday, March 1 at Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts.
These artists take varying approaches to material, technology, and presentation, expanding and redrawing the traditional perimeters of both. Defying photography’s specificity as a “window onto the world,” some prioritize the materiality of the photograph over the actual image, while others migrate the graphic flatness of the photograph into the full dimensionality of the sculptural realm. Undoubtedly a response to the immateriality and infinite reproducibility of digital technology, the surveyed works insist on both the physical presence and uniqueness associated with sculpture, and the indexical relationship to the physical world exemplified by photography, resulting in a new formulation: a picture/thing.
Curated by Assistant Professor of Art Sasha Rudensky and Professor of Art Jeffrey Schiff.
Snow date: Thursday, January 29, 2015.
Panel Discussion – Picture/Thing: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 4:30pm in the Main Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery. FREE! A panel discussion with artists Leslie Hewitt, Jon Kessler, and Letha Wilson; and the curators Sasha Rudensky and Jeffrey Schiff.
Gallery open Tuesday through Sunday from Noon to 5pm.