de/CONSTRUCTING WORLDS November 8 – December 15, 2018

I have four new drinking straw sculptures made out of repurposed drinking straws on view at NYPOP Gallery, Chelsea, NYC. See details below! I hope you can swing by to see the work 🙂

de/CONSTRUCTING WORLDS
November 8 – December 15, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday November 8, 6-8pmJohn Michael Byrd
David Hannon
Ben Pederson
Marjorie Van Cura
Annie Varnot

curated by Amanda Tiller

UMass NYPOP Gallery is proud to present de/Constructing Worlds, an exhibition of the work of five UMass Amherst alumni artists based in New York City.

The meaning of the word “world-building” has evolved in the 200 years since it was first introduced. Today, the term most often refers to entire fictional worlds complete with their own histories, languages, ecologies, and even laws of physics. Popular culture is so inundated with these fictional worlds that we have almost come to expect them as an integral component of our literature, film, television, and games.

But in the 19th century, world-building described the imaginative realm of artists and poets. This realm was a personal one, an individual mental state entered into by the artist. Hamilton Wright Mabie wrote, “To this world-building all the great poetic minds are driven; within this invisible empire alone can they reconcile the life that surrounds them with the life that floats like a dream before them.”

The artists in this exhibition exist somewhere between these two definitions. Their work reads like specimens or artifacts taken from some imagined world – incomplete relics that only tell us a part of the story.
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