Curated By: Sally Raab
Reception: January 14, 2011, 7-10PM
Installation has been used to define what space is, and once defined, how it can be transformed and re-presented. Artists take action to claim space that was not originally intended for art. Historically, installation artists have asked the viewer to question where the line between vandalism and art is; what public space is, who owns it, and how it should be used.
A dissonance becomes evident when artists contend with the desire for stability and irreverence. Though the two are not explicitly at odds with each other, there is the potential for tension. While installation is historically situated in this tension, the creation of an environment can involve a multitude of complex yet subtle concepts.
Physical space can be transformed to invoke emotion and engage the imagination. If stability is disregarded, the physicality of an installation is free to become a conduit for mental space, informing the viewer not only of the limited lifespan of the art object, but of fleeting sensations beyond words. The artists in this exhibition demonstrate their own ideas of what installation actually is, how permanent it can be, and what part of the mind is engaged by it.