Evolution of the exhibit

I’ve been to the exhibit 3 times now (opening, a little over a week later and yesterday). It was interesting to go back and see the show at this stage – half the pieces on one side, and half on the other. The outlines of the blue tape add a unique quality to the exhibition – space within space defined for unique purposes, setting up guidelines and directing focus, framing the pieces and the groups of works, the sense of a game and something with intention, but the intention is only suggested and the viewer is required to look deeper for more definition.

It is at an interesting phase having half the show in the grouping with the numbers and the other have in the group with the subtle outlines in pencil.  As the exhibition has evolved, more and more of the concept is revealed and the dynamic aspects of the project surface. With this current juxtaposition of work, pencil marks, screws showing, emptiness and outlines of blue; the sense that something is under construction is conveyed.

Importantly, each work holds its own as the larger context shifts, this says a great deal about the individual pieces and the overall curation. The viewer can navigate through the larger framework and land on each piece to examine them individually, in relation to each other or in the context of the whole. Since the viewer might already be engaged in deciphering the larger context they are potentially prepared to investigate the nuances of the individual works themselves – the reverse would also be true.

I was left with more impressions regarding the gifting aspect and the idea of continual installation, but will have to write more later.

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2 Responses to Evolution of the exhibit

  1. I’m going by this Saturday, late afternoon, if anyone’s around. Thanks for this insightful comment, Rob – whets my appetite for another view!

  2. Abstraction at Work says:

    I wish I could take the compliment whole, Rob, but I’ve learned quite a bit from curating the show – and not necessarily the easy way! Thank you for your post.

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