As developed countries have found themselves drowning under the flood of consumer goods, many visual artists have seen this trend as an opportunity to consider the consequences of a global economy and the possibilities for creative outlets. CCAD’s latest exhibition Supply & Demand considers the work of these artists, whose photography, sculpture, and installations provide us with moments to contemplate the necessity of the things we think we cannot live without.
Curated by Lisa Dent, associate curator of contemporary art at the Columbus Museum of Art, the exhibition includes work by 10 artists exploring these themes.
“I am continually amazed by visual artists and their drive to create objects out of the things that they see around them every day,” said Dent, who is also an adjunct instructor for CCAD’s graduate program.
Whether using new or discarded household objects, the artists in Supply & Demand use manufactured materials and wares to create their work.
“I wanted a variety of media to highlight the creative possibilities for materials that these artists have discovered,” she said. “I wanted to create an exhibition that honored them and their commitment to using their skills, especially without the overwhelming use of digital tools.”
Several artists immediately came to Dent’s mind as she began piecing together the exhibition. Based on their creative mediums and also their sense of the global economy and its influence on production and art making, Damian Aquiles, Richard Artschwager, Robert Beck, Jim Hodges, Vik Muniz, Tony Oursler, Alejandro Almanza Pereda, Jeff Sonhouse, Irwin, and NSK (New Kollectivism), were tapped for the exhibition.
“Putting the exhibition together could not have been smoother. I have gotten incredible support from people in Columbus and the CCAD community. It is what every curator dreams of,” said Dent.
Supply & Demand will be open Oct. 7 – Dec. 6, 2011 in the Canzani Center Gallery. The opening reception is Oct. 7, 6-8 p.m.
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