Beg, Borrow & Steal: Four Contemporary Views on Failure

4:30 PM
Thursday, Jan 10th

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Held in conjunction with the opening of The Temporary Institute of Emancipated Objects, curated by Cortney Stell in the Philip J. Steele Gallery, a panel of artists exhibited in the show will participate on a panel discussion on the importance of failure in the practice of artmaking and everyday life. Featuring artists Barry Anderson, Whitney Lynn, Brett Day Windham with Humberto Duque.

This panel will be kicking off the VASD Program's spring 2013 lecture series, Ethics in Practice: Approaches to the Contemporary. This lecture series is an investigation of how to continue to act as we move through the beginnings of a new century. In an age of increasing distance in relationships socially, economically, and politically, our visiting guests will approach ethics as it is practiced in everyday life. How is failure an important—and indeed necessary—part of artmaking? How do we craft opinions and criticism in an environment heavily laden with images? Why is it easy to hate contemporary art? All these questions and more will be posed by our series in an attempt to create discussions that foster mindful engagements with the world as we encounter it.

Barry Anderson’s single channel non-linear animations are created, in part, from appropriated American advertising images of the 1950s to 1970s. Featured in this exhibition are four works that offer unsettling surveillance of the landscape of objects around us. Anderson currently lives and works in Kansas City, Missouri. He has exhibited widely in national institutions such as the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Syracuse University, and the Kansas City Art Institute.

Brett Windham’s sculptures and collages are derived from materials found during her walks around New York City. The sculptures are composed with the mindset of a bowerbird; compulsively picking and grouping attractive colors as they appear. The accumulated materials take on draped tassel-like forms that reference talismans, fetishistic objects imbued with meaning. Windham’s works touch on the complexity of ways of seeing our everyday landscapes.

Whitney Lynn’s installation and sculptural works highlight the psychological barriers found in everyday objects. Her works give rise to observations that transcend familiar experience. In this exhibition Lynn will create several new works, most notably a large outdoor igloo made from ice created in a Snow Cone machine. Lynn holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and has had several solo shoes including Sculptures Involontaires seen at Steven Wolf Fine Arts in San Francisco.

Humberto Duque’s works involve humor, irony, and sinister sharpness, similarly to Duchamp’s ready-mades. His works often propose some sort of absurd solution for common objects, like a tablecloth listlessly blowing in the wind crated by four battery-operated fans. Duque’s work has been featured on the Art21 blog and he has had solo exhibitions at Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts in Taiwan and the MCO Arte Contemporânea in Portugal, just to name a few.

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