Tuesday, January 21 at 7:30pm
Allegheny Art Galleries
Please join us on Tuesday, January 21, for an artist panel discussion, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Allegheny College Campus Center rooms 301/302, followed by an opening reception in the Allegheny Art Galleries, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Light fare and refreshments will be served.
Natalie Baxter, Stephanie Kantor, and Ian F. Thomas make art that gestures towards collections more typical of the domestic sphere than the public gallery: ceramic vessels, ropes, and -controversially-guns. Bright, oddly shaped, obsessively accumulated, or adorned with irreverent images, these installations make familiar objects funny and strange, inviting viewers to reconsider their own everyday, intimate surroundings. Working in clay and textiles, Baxter, Kantor, and Thomas engage with materials and techniques historically relegated to the arena of crafts, traditionally coded as feminine. However, many of the forms on view evoke more masculine displays of power, form patriotism to physical powers. Playfully subverting expectations concerning gender and the home environment, these artists consider how individuals curate their surroundings to reflect personal values and cultural bias.