Field Projects- Excavation is one exhibition that will draw your attention toward the progressive realm. The anthropology of living patterns, nature, functionality within conceptual lurking. It will mindfully consume you through the artworks- where you will catch a glimpse or two of its culmination with a due pursuit of enlightenment. The imagery might look easy at a glance to perceive, yet it took a while to conceive and make it all come together.
For me EXCAVATIONS, was an excursion of discovery. As you visit a museum or an excavated site, this was an art form in its very uncertain and unpredictable direction- out of the norms of convention. A likely challenge to physics, geometry and yes to some extent to architecture too, trespassing art form to draw possibilities.
The exhibition showcased the works of (clockwise as you enter) Julie Ann Nagle, Ellie Krakow, Susan Metrican and in the middle artfully landscaped by Arthur Simms. The jam-packed show said a lot about its scope. Luckily, I managed to speak with curator Rachel Frank. She expounded the theme to me and how she visualized it from artists all over.
My favorite piece was Ellie Krakow’s- “Arm Armature.” It is daring, adventurous, scientific yet cleverly improvised. It reminded of the various figures we as kids used to create with our hand gestures and its shadows- twisting the fingers and giving it shapes of eagles, tigers, dogs- two people kissing etc. I was further mesmerized due to the fact that as artists- hands, fingers and its shapes play a pivotal role in what they create. It was fascinating how she conceived various machine movements through these hands gestures and sculptural postures with the purpose they might serve. It takes us to the beginning of mankind when humans starting understanding the role of hands and how finger flexibility can achieve things with given structural limitation in these motions. Finger roles for the musician are different from a painter, for sketch artist the hand movements are different of those of an architect and above all engineers. And this display covers all the possibilities and paradigms humans could go on the use of hands to achieve human feats. Liberties she took with her imagination and art are abstract and unlimited; this particularly thrilled me.
Then, we had Julie Ann Nagle’s “Excavation Vessels” of National Geographic Magazine torn pieces put together to create an artistic imagery. It was fresh, serious and progressive to touch your likeness for print media. Susan Metrican’s Thai and American backdrop is evident in the rural and naturalistic amalgam of her artworks. While Arthur Simm’s centerpiece draws us as an apocalypse with Jamaican origin displaying the essentials and combative takes of survival within the context of time. It compounds the entire show centrally with this mindful miniature.
Deeper into imagination and even deeper to dig within the memory, each of these artifacts is engraved in our genetic memories from varying origins in one form or another – Curating patterns and how revolutionary excavations lead us back to square one into studying as to how it began and then finally it all came together.
Field Projects, EXCAVATIONS, is on display March 17th – April 30th, 2016
Writing by Atif A. K.