New, Used, Borrowed
The idea behind the exhibition New, Used, Borrowed is to show the role of the artist as more than “art maker” but also art collector and art admirer. Each artist has created a New work of art for this exhibition; each has included a work of art (or a grouping of artworks) they have purchased and Used in the context of their private life; and finally, each has Borrowed a work of art from an artist whose work they admire. Each grouping of New, Used, Borrowed is a small window into the artists’ studios and home surroundings; a little glimpse of what turns them on. The collecting, transaction, and even the exhibition of art by and between artists is a gesture of support towards one another, and an instinct that ensures the continuation of a world where the creative and visually talented may dwell for ever and ever.
The exhibit started with nine artists contributing their own work, and with each inviting another artist to add to the exhibit. Then the nine chose a piece of work from their private collections – by still another artist – and loaned it to the exhibit.
The result is a potluck of art from artists whose work is vastly different from one another, but who are linked by association, friendship and community, says David Michael Lee, adjunct professor of art at Chapman and exhibit curator.
“I work with a diverse group of artists. Really none of our work shows together. It’s not really the same, so we were trying to develop a show where we could all be included,” says Lee, who is also assistant curator of Chapman University’s Phyllis and Ross Escalette Permanent Collection of Art.
Among the pieces will be photography, sculpture, mixed media and abstract and realist paintings.