Still Life – Online Exhibition 9/2-10/14/2011

Artists: David Gilbert, Chris Sollars, Carson Fisk-Vittori, Mark Benson, Robin Cameron and Claire Nereim

September 2 – October 14, 2011

When thinking about a Still Life, my first association is linked with art classes in Elementary School. I remember the art teacher arranging plastic fruit with a coffee mug and some fake flowers. We would either use charcoal or watercolors to attempt to recreate what we saw in front of us. The beauty of it was its stillness, perfect for the beginner artist. As my art education evolved, the Still Life began to mean something more. I learned about the historical context throughout the centuries in relation to the “Still Life”. It started with religious symbolism leading eventually into arrangements lending to more freedom of subject matter like food and plant life. In my opinion some of the most stunning Still Lives, both in composition and technique were during the 16th and 17th centuries. The highlights were from the Flemish and Spanish painters especially Juan Sánchez Cotán who was able to translate a simple collection of fruit and vegetables into a metaphor for something larger than life, as if they were the essence of life itself. As the 19th century passed so did the invention of photography changing the way the Still Life was perceived.

Since then the Still Life has been translated throughout various mediums as well as obtaining new meanings. I am interested in what does a Still Life mean to us today in 2011? What does it look like? Is a Still Life just a documentation of one moment? Is it a discarded once loved thing lying in the street? Does it describe something staged? Is it a collection of arbitrary objects? Or is just a mistake in the studio? This exhibition will highlight new forms of the Still Life especially as it exists within the ephemeral online platform.

Curated by Kelly Lynn Jones

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