November 30 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pmFree
How do objects tell stories? What do they hold?
A narrative is embraced by an object, silently. Objects reflect who we are as a culture, they speak of and to the world that came before us, and for their makers. Ultimately, a work of art finds its voice through the viewer’s projection, contemplation, and connection. Often the best narratives about objects are the ones we cannot understand, leaving them up to our imagination. The works in the exhibition Speak, Object imply and also create their own narrative. Embracing a range of materials, they are all very personal and look both inward and out. As reflections of their respective artist-makers, they act as voice and vocabulary for ideas. In this way, they invite us to unpack what is otherwise inaccessible. They are gifts from the present to be valued in the future, mute objects that speak.
The work in the exhibit ranges from repeated forms to found items tenderly wrapped to rubber molds of transformed objects. In addition to the work curated for the exhibition, each artist has been asked to choose an object from their private collection to be part of their display, adding another layer of narrative and a way of thinking about what an artist is compelled to make.
Image: Judy Haberl, Hidden Agendas #1, Cast rubber, mixed media, 2008-2018.