Archives for the month of: February, 2012

The DCCA’s new show Contraption is filled with a wide array of Rube Goldberg-like machines and interactive devices including Tracy Featherstone’s wearable sculptures. Here’s what Featherstone has to say on her website about these sculptures:

Wearable works take the metaphor of home equals relationships mobile. Structure becomes fashion accessory. By forcing the body into uncomfortably structured situations it is evident how stability and structure are a facade. The wearable works reference construction techniques but are fashioned in an unstable and chaotic manner. They are a frenzied attempt to create order from an ultimately unpredictable surrounding. The mobile element of the wearables works to subvert the attempts of control.

It’s a busy year for Cynthia Norton. Not only does her work appear in Contraption, but also in the exhibit, Cynthia Norton: Freedom Rings Placed Within, at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The exhibit, which runs from March 3 – May 27, 2012, juxtaposes PAFA’s fine art collection with references to Norton’s Southern upbringing and Kentucky culture. Check out the full exhibition description on PAFA’s website.

Check out this article about Young Country which appeared in the Delmarva Daily Times at the end of January. Here’s an excerpt:

“Young Country” is a cutting-edge show featuring about two dozen recent works by younger American artists, primarily from rural areas of the South, Midwest and Southwest. In addition to a region, “country” also refers — in this case, ironically — to an outmoded aesthetic position, implying that such art consists of forms and ideas that are no longer current.

The show’s curator, Maiza Hixson, who is the curator of contemporary art at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington, believes that all too often, bi-coastal elites (and especially the New York art establishment) assume that artists from the “country” make “country” art; and, more often than not, dismiss such art as unoriginal and provincial, even when they haven’t seen it.

The irony, of course, is that the artists that Hixson has selected for this show are all extremely sophisticated (and some have even shown their work in New York). They’re keenly aware of what’s taking place on the national and international art scene, and use similar media — including staged photographs, video, assemblage, installation, and unconventional materials — to explore some of the same ideas and concepts as their big city peers.

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Want to learn more about Contraption and the themes explored in the show? Here’s your chance. This Thursday, Feburary 16th, artist and Assistant Professor of Visual Communications at the University of Delaware, Ashley John Pigford, will speak about Contraption and the themes found in interactive works of art during Art Salad. Art Salad is a free lunchtime lecture series held at the DCCA on Thursdays from noon to 1 pm. For more information, check out the Art Salad page on the DCCA website.

We just can’t get enough of Cynthia Norton and C. Grant Cox III. Not only are Norton and Cox participating in Contraption, but their work appears in the DCCA’s satellite exhibit, Young Country. Curated by Maiza Hixson, Young Country addresses rural themes in contemporary American art. The exhibition has been traveling around the East Coast, stopping at the Quonset Hut in Louisville, KY, and the University of the Arts’ Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery. Young Country is currently at the Salisbury University Galleries until February 16. The show returns to the DCCA in September. Check out the DCCA’s website for more info and our artists page for the bios of Norton and Cox.

Check out what Tim Eads is creating for Contraption. It’s still a work in process so you’ll have to come to the opening on February 17th to see the finished piece, but here’s a sneak peek.

Tim Eads, "Home on the Range", 2011

Look what arrived at the DCCA over the holidays!

Cynthia Norton, "Dancing Squared", aluminum, hardware, electric motors, dresses, wire, 2004

Contraption hasn’t opened yet, but this doesn’t mean you can’t familiarize yourself with the seven artists in the show. Make sure you check out our Artist page for short bios of all the artists and links to their websites.

Masters of the Visual Universe has officially left the DCCA. While I’m a little sad that I will no longer be able to see Elizabeth Hamilton’s Oldsmobile or Ted Walsh’s paintings, along with the work of all the other MFA artists in the gallery, I’m looking forward to the DCCA’s spring exhibitions. Rebbecca Murtaugh, the Dufala Brothers, Erin Murray, Nicholas Kripal, and Emily Hermant are all coming to the DCCA, just to name a few. The exhibition that I’m especially looking forward to is Contraption, which is full of interactive art. Curated by the Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art, Maiza Hixson, Contraption is slated to open on February 17, 2012. Check out the exhibition description below.

Contraption is a thematic exhibit featuring ingeniously playful sculptural works that invite interactivity. Wearable, audible, and usable, these works encourage audience participation. Artists: Tim Eads, Tracy Featherstone, C. Grant Cox, III, Tyler Held, Cynthia Norton, Lauren Ruth, and Joanie Turbek.

Keeping following us and stay tune for updates on Contraption and a few of the DCCA’s other spring exhibits.

Check out the DCCA website for the full list of exciting upcoming exhibits.

Find out tonight during Loop Night. Gretchen Hupfel Curator Maiza Hixson will be presenting the award to the winning artist at 7 pm. Masters of the Visual Universe, which closes on February 5th, and the DCCA galleries will be open to the public from 5 to 9 pm. See you there!