“A Matter of Course" at the Guggenheim Gallery of Chapman University, a beautifully curated assortment of environmentally driven works. Here’s s peak into it and a link to the LA Times article about the exhibition and its curator, Richard Turner.
A Matter of Course pairs viewing stones with works of fine art. Viewing stones is an umbrella term for stones that are collected and displayed for aesthetic purposes. Chinese stones are commonly called Scholar's Rocks. Japanese stones are known as Suiseki. The viewing stones in this exhibition, which are from the collection of Thomas S. Elias and Hiromi Nakoji, are representative of the various forces that have shaped them – water, wind, heat, pressure, and human hands.
The artworks in the exhibition are by artists whose creative process shares agency with non-human forces in a multiplicity of ways. They interrogate the arguable distinction between humankind and the ecosystems in which we co-exist.
Oregon rancher Whit Deschner shows a salt lick shaped by the tongues of his neighbors’ cattle. John Knuth uses 45,000 houseflies which he feeds a mixture of sugar water and acrylic paint, to produce his (neo-) pointillistic paintings. Cole Sternberg engages the power of the waves to scrub his canvasses as he drags them through the water behind a power boat. Virginia Katz collaborates with the wind to generate the dense linear meshes that comprise her drawings. Tony Marsh’s ceramic vessels are the result of the unpredictable alchemy of the kiln, which Marsh embraces wholeheartedly rather than trying to control its results. Richard Turner’s drawings, which he produces by rolling ink and paint-covered river rocks back and forth over cold-press paper hundreds of times, oscillate between human and non-human agency. Candice Lin’s Putrefaction installation includes live koji mold as part of her rumination on the decay of the human body. Paul Harris’ sculptures pair stone and wood in intimate embrace. Cara Despain’s concrete casts of rocks invite us to travel to the Utah desert to experience the stones in situ. Jedediah Caesar’s piece appears to be a mineral specimen but in fact is a sculpture fashioned from resin, stones and an emu egg. Haley Hopkins’ and Alison Piries’ collaborative video installation presents the hypnotic movements of snails and contrasts it to our own motions in space. A catalogue with essays by Richard Turner, Thomas S. Elias and Kylie White accompanies the exhibition and will be available at the September 16, 2018 reception.
Featuring: Jedediah Caesar, Whit Deschner, Cara Despain, Paul Harris, Haley Hopkins, Virginia Katz, John Knuth. Candice Lin, Tony Marsh, Alison Pirie, Cole Sternberg, Richard Turner and viewing stones from the collection of Thomas S. Elias and Hiromi Nakoji.
Co-curated by Richard Turner & Marcus Herse
August 13 – September 23, 2018
Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University
1 University Dr, Orange, CA 92866
Monday - Friday 12:00 - 5:00 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
And click here for the LA Times coverage of the show.