A reception at 4:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 opened the Faulconer Gallery’s newest exhibitions by assistant professors Craig Quintero, theatre, and Andrew Kaufman, art.
Quintero’s we’re all in this together
With a set constructed in collaboration with local, regional, and international artists, Quintero invites visitors to cross the boundary between spectator and spectacle and participate in the creation of art.
we're all in this together encourages visitors not only to “see art” but also to “be art.” Quintero invites visitors to “stage and photograph your own images in the space.” He will select an image each day to print and frame, adding the visitor’s creative voice to the growing exhibition. This is an exhibition of inclusion, a cutting of the red ropes that separate art from life, a celebration of art as action.
The installation will also host performances, as the Department of Theatre and Dance stages the performance “hand to mouth,” directed by Quintero, in the space on Nov. 8–10 and “Small Elephant Stories,” directed by Celeste Miller, lecturer in theatre and dance, on Dec. 7–9.
Iowa collaborators Josh Black and David Dunlap will give gallery talks about the contributions they made to the surrealist set at 4:15 p.m. Nov. 6 and Nov. 20, respectively.
“For the past several years I have been exploring the concept of containment in a variety of forms, including installation, audio/video performance, drawing, acrylic laser prints, and most recently through paintings and sound compositions,” says Kaufman. “Through observations of social catastrophes and lived personal experiences, my understanding of containment has broadened to also encompass ideas of breach and contamination.”
Rather than engage with narrative, Kaufman's work seeks to embody these concepts by co-opting their structures, and utilizing cultural signifiers that intrinsically allude to the body.
One of the constant influences on his work, says Kaufman, is “growing up under the uncertainty of AIDS and now living in a new age of fear, terrorism, and natural disaster, while maintaining the requisite comfortable consumer American life. … Removed from obviousness, my artwork carries the shadow of these concerns along with an interest in art history, process, and visual form.”
At 4:30 p.m. Nov 27, Kaufman will give a gallery talk exploring the tangential concepts of containment, breach and contamination in the works on view in his solo gallery exhibition.
For a complete listing of gallery programming, talks, and performances, see Faulconer Gallery Events.