Dusk to Dusk: Unsettled, Unraveled, Unreal
September 13-November 20, 2016
Sussel Gallery and the Burton D. Morgan Gallery
(The CWAM will be closed October 8-17, 2016, for the College's Fall Break.)
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Gallery Talk, 7:00 p.m.
Richard Rinehart, Curator of Dusk to Dusk, and Director, Samek Art Museum, Bucknell University
Dusk to Dusk: Unsettled, Unraveled, Unreal turns a mirror to the world, examining individual isolation, political repression, and collective ennui in the decline of the industrial age, an age in which people are simultaneously singular and collective beings. Some seek a return to the land, others seek spiritual transcendence, and others share an affection for our new hybrid of increasingly alienated selves. Through painting, photography, sculpture, and video this exhibition explores a contemporary familiarity with collective darkness.
The exhibition is made up of thirty-five works by twenty-six artists. Ruud van Empel and Hideaki Kawashima summon primal anxieties of the body double and removable skin, made more relevant by the rise of virtual, second lives. Gilbert and George, Erwin Wurm, and Laura Ford deploy psychological references to the individual in a society of global displacement, liminal sexualities, and political casualties. Edward Burtynsky and Aristarkh Chernyshev show technology misused, warped, and left in ruins, mocking our technocratic hubris. While others, such as Matt Calderwood, Huma Bhabha, and Tony Cragg, among others, take a more abstract approach, expressing a need for balance and intimacy in the ever-expanding human experience.
Together, these artists provide a glimpse into what it means to be an individual during the transition from the twentieth to the twenty-first century, allowing viewers to reflect on past mistakes while reveling in progressive poetics.
Artists: James Aldridge, Huma Bhabha, Louise Bourgeois, Edward Burtynsky, Matt Calderwood, Aristarkh Chernyshev, Tony Cragg, Salvador Dali, Desiree Dolron, Marcel Dzama, Laura Ford, Gilbert & George, Hideaki Kawashima, Tianbing Li, Richard Long, Jie Luo, Almagul Menlibayeva, Erwin Olaf, Hans Op de Beeck, Yang Shaobin, Anouk Steketee, Ruud van Empel, Levi van Veluw, Anne Wenzel, and Erwin Wurm.
Dusk to Dusk was organized by the Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University, curated by Richard Rinehart, Director of the Samek Art Gallery, with works generously loaned from THE EKARD COLLECTION. The exhibition is toured by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions, Pasadena, California.