On the Island: An Introduction to the Work of Nyugen E. Smith, lecture

October 18, 2015
2PM – 4PM


Mana Satellite / ADDS DONNA presents Moonlight Sleeping on a Midnight Lake

Opening reception Friday, September 11 from 6 - 9 pm, 2233 S. Throop So often as artists we’re asked to explain our work in such unequivocal terms as to eliminate any chance for interpretation. Opportunities in all shapes and sizes, from grants to exhibitions seem to be doled out based on how neatly we pack ourselves into the appropriate boxes. Moonlight Sleeping on a Midnight Lake is a collection of works by artists whose abstruse tendencies push against such constrictions. Though varying widely in media and content, each use obscurity or even modesty as a strategy of resistance to the usual demands for our attention. They do not offer a standardized black and white answer to their work, but instead are comfortable with elements of ambiguity, uncertainty and doubt - challenging not only the marketable individualism of the commercial art world, but also the benevolent didacticism of the institution.

Image credit: Erin Washington, wormhole shape = headstone shape, 2015, Chalk and acrylic on panel.