Curated by Richard Rinehart
Director of the Samek Art Museum at 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-seven works by twenty-eight 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, Laura Ford, and Almagul Menlibayeva 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, Matthew Day Jackson, 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.
James Aldridge / Huma Bhabha / Louise Bourgeois / Edward Burtynsky / Matt Calderwood / Aristarkh Chernyshev / Tony Cragg / Salvador Dali / Desiree Dolron / Marcel Dzama / Laura Ford / Gilbert & George / Matthew Day Jackson / Hideaki Kawashima / Tianbing Li / Richard Long / Jie Luo / Jonathan Meese / Almagul Menlibayeva / Erwin Olaf / Hans Op de Beeck / Yang Shaobin / Anouk Steketee / Hiroshi Sugimoto / Ruud van Empel / Levi van Veluw /
Anne Wenzel / Erwin Wurm
NUMBER OF WORKS:
37 total: 11 sculptures, 18 wall-hanging works (photographs, paintings), 8 videos (can be combined into 3 loops)
250 linear feet (76 linear meters)
Vicki Myhren Gallery | University of Denver | Denver, CO
(January 12 – February 26, 2017)
College of Wooster Art Museum | Wooster, OH
(September 22 - November 22, 2016)
Grand Valley State University Art Gallery | Allendale, MI
(August 28 – October 31, 2015)
Otis College of Art and Design | Los Angeles, CA
(April 11 – July 26, 2015)
Samek Art Museum, Bucknell University | Lewsburg, PA
(August 20 - November 19, 2012)