9th Annual Juried Exhibition

9th Annual Juried Exhibition
States of Becoming
February 7 – March 2, 2019

Juror: Carrie Dedon, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art for the Seattle Art Museum

Juror Carrie Dedon, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art for the Seattle Art Museum, has carefully chosen an outstanding collection of work from over 1,600 entries worldwide. Please join us for the Reception and Prize Presentation on February 9, 2019 from 5-7pm.  

You can order the Exhibition Catalog here.

Contributing Artists
Andrea Alonge
Trevor Brown
Lisa Hochstein
Dave Kennedy
R. J. Kern
Geneviève L’Heureux
Tiffany Lange
Jenene Nagy

Juror Statement
by Carrie Dedon

Though diverse in their mediums and practices, the artists in this exhibition–living and working throughout the United States and Canada–find common ground in moments of transience and transformation. Whether by engaging with histories and traditions of art-making, reframing familiar objects and materials as something entirely new, or exploring a simple repeated gesture, the works gathered here suggest the potentials to be found in a state of becoming, and in the boundaries between known points.

For several of the artists in this gallery, traditional modes of art-making offer arenas in which to examine complex narratives. In RJ Kern’s images of farm animals and their young handlers competing for entry into the Minnesota State Fair, the framework of formal portraiture accentuates the hopeful and proud posturing of the subjects, positing a gray area between the binary of those who will be chosen as winners–and those who will not. Examining other mediums, Tiffany Lange and Andrea Alonge’s large-scale works push against the boundaries of painting, installation, and the craft traditions often relegated as “women’s work.” While Lange manipulates her altered canvases into forms that defy traditional definitions of painting, Alonge uses found textiles that carry others’ personal memories and stories, remaking them as assemblages that map her own history and experiences.

Trevor Brown similarly re-casts familiar objects so that we might view them anew, encasing plastic flowers and lawn ornaments in geometric blocks of foam and wood to constrict and refocus our consideration of their original forms. Dave Kennedy pushes this exploration of materiality to the extreme: made entirely of photocopied images, his hollow constructions are surprising camouflages of banal objects, asking us to look deeper at “the space between reality and illusion”–and how our own perspective shapes our understanding of the two.

Finally, time and duration plays a crucial role in many of the works in this gallery. Lisa Hochstein’s collages of aged paper embrace the discoloration and fragility that has altered the material with time, making subtle, layered compositions that read like architectural grids. In Genevieve L’Heureux’s drawings and prints the simple and repetitive gesture of a line builds upon itself to create almost geological forms that “are simultaneously heavy and light, solid and decaying, floating and sinking.” Jenene Nagy similarly employs the act of repetition in her work, layering materials and marks to create richly-textured monochromatic surfaces, topographic histories of accrual and cumulation.

 

 

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