Truth and Identity: Questions for the Self in Works by Gary Chapman
January 17 - May 16 2015
Viewed through the lenses of popular culture, identity politics, and religious and social environments, this exhibition explores Chapman’s search for an ultimate "truth” in one’s identity. It follows the artist’s pursuit through paintings and mixed media, layering and displaying images and objects in juxtaposition to suggest moments in time, both past and future, psychological and intellectual, natural and invented. These pursuits stem from Chapman’s own concerns about his place in the world as a husband, a father, an artist, a man, a citizen, and so on. His search echoes the modern world filtered through social media, popular media, cultural, religious, and political realms that seek to define humankind from an outside perspective rather than from internal knowledge.
Henry Botkin: Evolution (part 2)
January 10 - April 18
Henry Botkin: Evolution (part 1), shown in the fall of 2014, focused on the early 20th-century works of Henry Botkin, illustrating how he explored various aspects of European Modernism. Part two of Evolution makes it clear that Botkin found his voice in abstract expressionism, a uniquely American style developed in the middle of the century. By the 1960s, the artist had found his mature style which combined strongly gestural and expressive lines with abstracted forms and the use of collage to interrupt the surface of his canvas. The scale of his works increased considerably as well, another influence of abstract expressionism.
The New Sublime: Video Works by Courtney Egan
January 17 - May 16
The New Sublime, a multimedia exhibition by New Orleans-based artist Courtney Egan, will bring a touch of spring into the museum. Her botanical art is comprised of projection-based sculptural installations and the works create a surprising association with myth, fairy tale, and modern technology. When discussing her artwork, Egan says, "We get closer and simultaneously farther away from the natural world when we experience it through a technological lens. This new kind of sublime, in which human experience is mediated through a digital device, is enjoyable, illuminating, and disturbing.”