CONGREGATION is the work of a dozen artists gathered together using a rubric of organization lodged inside the mind of artist Sheila Pepe. Much like the field of operation used in her own work, Pepe gathers together a small cohort of colleagues into a chorus resonant with a rich expression of shared differences.
Each artist in the exhibition uses specific materials precisely within a large field of craft (and craft-less) operations. As we might expect, these paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs and prints, map an array of image making, picturing and signage strategies. Objecthood is palpable in all works; bodies are present even if peripherally. Each artist claims a strong subject position, and yet no work succumbs to simple explication.
References + Visual Notes:
An additional group of artists – teachers, mentors and affiliates – have been asked to provide smalls works to stand as references and “ footnotes” to be added mid-exhibition. Each member of this group has been asked to address particular works or constellations thereof. These artists include: Stephen Westfall, Arthur Simms, RELAX: Chiarenza + Hauser +Co, Diana Puntar, Byron Kim, Lucy Fradkin, Mathew Brannon, and others …