Examined Relationships in the Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition
By Whitney Davis ‘15
Photos by Carolyn Lewon '15
The selection of work on view in the Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition undoubtedly accentuates the diverse styles and interests of Bennington professors. Of course, by nature of a group exhibition to which no curatorial theme is associated, the pieces initially seem unrelated to each other. Visit, however, with a general theme of relationships in mind and you will find it in underpinning an assortment of faculty works.
Aysha Peltz alters and displaces our relationship with household kitchenware by bringing a crafted theatricality to her Platter (2011) and Lidded Jar (2012). In her multi-media installation, Table of Contents (2013), Yoko Inoue also plays with familiar objects, and the implications of how they function within a collection to depict a personal relationship to one’s own history.
Similarly, Warren Cockerham induces a piecing together of history through our connection to the anonymous kinship shown in Untitled (2009), a digital video of a found photograph from 1952. Lastly, Liz Deschenes confronts our relationship with the photographic medium by engaging us in an investigation of the deep vastness within the surface of her silver gelatin print, Untitled (Zoetrope) (2013).
A reception for the artists took place last Saturday, September 28 at 4pm with a performance by Professor Robert Ransick, artist Nancy Nowacek, and students Sam Leigh ’14 and Forest Purnell ’13.
The 2013 Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition is on view at Usdan Art Gallery through October 18.