EXHIBITION XXXIV: THE MULTITUDES CONTAINED
July 27 - October 27
In the final exhibit of Aidron Duckworth's work at the museum, this exhibit examines themes of the multi-faceted self that would fascinate Duckworth throughout his life. Working in styles ranging from realist to cartoonish, beautiful to grotesque, Duckworth returned over and over to the multiple portrait and the multidimensional face. The multiplicity of the self becomes Duckworth's subject in place of the composition of features. Humans are complex amalgams - bodies and faces and memories and thoughts - and in these pictures Duckworth refuses to let them be simplified.
July 27 - September 8
“I paint because painting takes me on a ride. I get to explore my inside story (-ies) while ostensibly using tools from the material world. For me, there’s no better way to spend my time. In conversation with others, I am often quiet, allowing them to dominate. In the studio, however, the conversation is a visual excursion through my own thought and emotion. It’s a lot of emotion: frustration, doubt, curiosity—usually accompanied by fear and insecurity. It’s a wild, often uncomfortable, ride.”
- - Anne Johnstone
July 27 - September 8
SHARP FOCUS is an exhibition of new sculptures by Dan Waller. Dan Waller is a sculptor, fabricator, and master printer working in New York City. The size of Waller’s modest objects does not betray the potency each piece offers. Using materials as eccentric as human hair, rose thorns, and the patterned end pages of hard bound books, his objects become reliquaries of mysterious holdings from an unknown yet seemingly familiar religion.
LUCY PULLEN & TOM BUTTER
TACTICS / BEING CLOSE
Please join us for the opening reception of a site-specific, interactive sculptural collaboration TACTICS / BEING CLOSE by Lucy Pullen and Tom Butter. This work is the first collaboration between Pullen and Butter and is a kinetic sculpture located on the grounds of the museum and operated by a mechanism controlled by the viewers.
“A book moves through the trees above three planar forms. The book is open and face down, as if temporarily set aside, on a very long track. It runs above three forms that profile the city. A wheel, turned by hand, moves the book from the clearing to the woods and back again. There are places to sit, between pairs of jagged red lines that stem from New York City’s open data. This mechanism, too, is over our heads. On pause from contemporary urban life, a hand on the wheel turns the mechanism. Movements are incremental. There might be progress.”
-- LUCY PULLEN & TOM BUTTER
TACTICS / BEING CLOSE will be displayed on the museum grounds June - September 8.
BUGS ABOUT / DIAGONAL SCIENCE
“Insects often show up in my work as tiny symbols of mortality, transformation, and the inevitable processes of decay and renewal, in the tradition of Vanitas and Memento Mori painting. I recently came across the term Diagonal Science, coined by the writer / philosopher / sociologist and friend to the surrealists and magical realists, Roger Caillois, who wrote about insect behavior as an analogy to human activities and endeavors. Diagonal Science was his study of how myths develop, which he theorized as an interdisciplinary product of anthropology, biology, religion and geography. I take a lot from mythology, spirituality and many of the pseudo-sciences for my work, and I think of Caillois' term Diagonal Science as a kind of pre-cursor to theories and practices we’ve written off as science-like, but not in keeping with the scientific method.”
-- LANGDON GRAVES
BUGS ABOUT / DIAGONAL SCIENCE will be exhibited on the museum grounds June 8 - September 8.