Whisper Down the Lane
January 13, 2006- February 25, 2006
The Esther M Klein Art Gallery at the Science Center presents the group exhibition, Whisper Down the Lane. By inviting one artist to participate, the Klein Gallery set in motion a chain reaction loosely modeled after the children’s game of the same name, resulting in a lineage of 13 artists that started in Philadelphia and ended in Toronto. Exhibiting artists include: Stefan Abrams, Jeff McMahon, Joe Begonia, Buy Shaver, Jeremiah Misfeldt, Aaron Igler, Sabrina Lessard, Norm Paris, Jackie Hoving, Dominique Rey, Chris Curreri, Balint Zsako, and Natalie Matutschovsky.
The exhibition was inspired by comments made by David Hickey, art critic and author, on curatorial practice and his stated affinity for “fugitive and mildly silly ideas about art that make small points.” Challenging traditions of curatorial practice, Mr. Hickey said that if he had to curate an exhibition, he would simply invite artists that he liked to participate. Whisper lets loose a thread that runs it’s own course generated simply by the likes of each artist invited.
While other exhibitions have been made by inviting artists to select other artists to exhibit, Whisper employs a slightly different momentum that takes the visual form of a line connecting a sequence of points in time and space. This progression – the individual works of art in sequential order of invitation – will be displayed on the walls of the Esther Klein Art Gallery.
Whisper seeks to make tangible relationships among individual artists and asks the viewer to find meaning in the chronology of invitations and explore the similarities, differences, and connections that can be discerned from the work. This is at the heart of what Mr. Hickey’s interests: to view art in a novel situation that by default prompts us to think about and connect more fully to the experience of what we are looking at and why.
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