i’ve curated a show for the 20th anniversary of the gallery…
i’ll post images and texts of individual works, but first, my curatorial statement.
What I’ve Learned So Far
I believe that art must surprise and charm, be so beautiful, so mesmerizing, so technically masterful or so horrifying that it suspends us in delight or awe or wonder. It’s only from that place that we’re slowed from the everyday — distracted from the torrent of information — and give a work the attention required to consider its meaning. That is the hook that lodges in our psyche. But alone, isn’t enough.
To continue to engage me, art must make me think: challenge my prior understanding, show me things I’ve never seen, give me access to experiences that are very different from my own. For me, the importance of art is the opportunity it provides to transcend myself and envision approaching life from another perspective.
This exhibition is my reflection on the twentieth anniversary of Hosfelt Gallery: an attempt to visually manifest the values of the gallery through various artworks and their relationships to one another.
Virtuosity is central to the aesthetics of Hosfelt Gallery. But more importantly, masterful execution reflects a fascination with the act of creation. Technical prowess comes of dedicated artistic practice — intellectual curiosity, relentless experimentation and a never-ending struggle against physical constraint. The art we exhibit (and the way we show it) manifests artistic process — allowing viewers an intimate glimpse into the mind and intent of the artist.
I believe eccentricity is a fundamental aspect of great art. A masterpiece may reflect the culture and time it comes from, but it could only have come from the mind and/or hand of one particular individual. Innovation is born of a unique outlook and fresh means of expression.
From a search for viewpoints that are new comes an inclusiveness — a broad and eclectic worldview — a pooling of ideas that generates richness in the social dialogue the gallery facilitates.
I believe an understanding of history — artistic, literary, cultural, political — is fundamental to an individual’s intellectual maturity as well as to social progress, and am drawn to artists who examine what came before and use that knowledge to make work that is ground-breaking. Through their understanding of the past, those artists illuminate the present and suggest methods of approaching the future.
I am drawn to artists who continually experiment — no matter the success of earlier work — who question what came before and challenge what they and their audiences think they know.
I respect people who have courage in their convictions and I believe each of us has an obligation to take a stand. In the case of an artist, that might take the form of social critique. But in a sense, exhibiting artwork publicly always means exposing yourself to the world. In the case of this gallery, taking a stand means giving voice to “the other” as well as exhibiting what we believe in — without regard to trends, commercial viability or art-world politics.
I’ve learned that my job as a gallerist is to educate: to ignite intellectual curiosity, challenge preconceptions, elucidate by creating relationships, incite dialogue, and infect you with my delight in the beauty of objects and ideas. This exhibition is the story I want to tell you of what I’ve learned about — and through — art.