Woodbury University Faculty Art Exhibition
Faculty Exhibition Curator’s Statement:
I am pleased to present to you the 2012 Woodbury University School of Media, Culture & Design visual arts faculty exhibition. As a member of the University’s faculty since 1999 I am privileged to know the work produced by many of my colleagues. This has informed my curatorial aim to investigate the connections between diverse media, disciplines, and content and, as often as possible, to present examples that are new or surprising to me.
From a field of three submissions by each faculty member I selected a work, often choosing the wild card out of the bunch. The piece I’ve chosen may utilize a media, style, or conceptual approach that is in contrast to the courses that the faculty teaches or the kind of work their students may know them for. The chromatic scheme of the exhibition reflects my preference for dynamic visual contrasts that occur when quieter, darker value works are juxtaposed to those possessing the bravado of bright florescent hues. I have also selected pieces that hold my aesthetic and intellectual interest according to my sense of their uncanny quality or sublimity, and their capacity to entertain multiple, divergent, or open-ended readings.
Group shows like this are very interesting to me. This is an experiment--a proposition that emerges before your eyes because none of the work really belongs together. The work comes from the artists’ homes or studios as part of (or exceptions to) their practices and is reinserted into the territory of academic life. Since this exhibition doesn’t rely upon a specific theme it can be experienced as a collision of aesthetic and cultural modes. To borrow an idea from art critic Dave Hickey, some of these collisions may generate ‘false cognates’ that contribute to a sense of relation. It is for you, as the viewer, to ultimately decide and decode these relations. From a curatorial standpoint this act of visual and conceptual construction is fun and a challenge to present--as it takes hours of intense visualization, rearranging, and chance until the uncertainties of juxtaposition propose states of cohesiveness and meaning.
 Dave Hickey, Beyond Geometry, Artforum, November 2004.