5th National Juried Competition

Event  |  Reviews  |  Comments
In Limbo, 2010 Pastel/Charcoal On Paper 22"X24"
5th National Juried Competition
Curated by: Joe Amrhein

625 S Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
August 7th, 2010 - August 29th, 2010
Opening: August 14th, 2010 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

916 443-9900
Sat-Sun 12-5 or by appointment
photography, mixed-media, digital, conceptual, figurative


Show statement:

Juror's Statement:

I am fascinated by the diversity and the complexity of artwork that  an invitational show can offer. The possibilities of curating a show  that has no real  limitations is at once exciting and daunting. Over  the last twenty years while living in  New York I’ve seen a lot of  artwork that has influenced me as well as challenged me. I  must say  that the artwork that makes me think, or challenges me, or has a  multidisciplinary nature to it, excites me and it expands the  stereotypical notions of  what art is. When reviewing the artwork  submitted for the Axis Gallery 5th National  Juried Exhibition, I was  thrown into a reaffirmation that art can “transcend the realm  of  consciousness.” There are many possibilities that present themselves.  I do find that  the artwork can be simply a means to an end or a  therapeutic process sometimes. If  making art is only about technique  then it is of less interest. The opportunity to  challenge yourself is  always there but it’s always the what when how and even why that  are obvious questions. My curatorial vetting of this work sometimes is  bvious to me. Even though everyone is very proud of what they do I  need to edit because there is a  large redundancy of what is  expected in “Art Making.” I prefer the work that might not  even  succeed as a discreet object or a concept if chances are taken in  making it, or if  there is a larger context to the body of work that  is remarkable. The way I understand  it, if we compete or challenge  ourselves to get somewhere we can’t take the same road as  someone  else and take credit when getting there, and if we do take that road  at least  tip your hat to the person ahead of you. You can’t take a  naive approach to things in a  very critical world especially with the  internet at your fingertips. When I look at work I do keep this  in mind. Maybe you might say I take things too seriously and should  relax. Well, I do take it seriously.

The work I have chosen is from an  eclectic  sensibility. I did see a number of works that might have  worked well in a thematic context but ultimately I felt that there were too many works I would have left out that deserved to be included if I had done so. I decided tserhat it would be best to develop the show within a broad context ranging from strong figurative paintings with strange psychological narratives (such as ones by Forrest Solis and Nicole McCormick Santiago) to intriguing, meticulous abstract drawings and watercolors (like those of Nancy Brown and Ander Mikalson). The brilliant nuanced collage work by Louise Captein, La Thoriel Badenhausen, and Dana Hemenway showed me that the elegance of a composition can be seemingly off-handed and clumsy yet honest and direct. Photography ranged from the wit and telling compositions of Henrique Bagulho and Katherine DuTiel, the incredible architectural compositions of Richard Ashby and Jess Bournay (with the help of Anish Kapoor ), to the amazing camera manipulations of Wes Carson and Stephen Arnold. The few conceptual works by Colleen Ellis and Brad Thiele gave me hope that what’s predictable out there is also penetrable. There are many more I haven’t mentioned here whose work is included in the show. For those ones I didn’t include in the final selection, this is only my conclusion, there are others who would have chosen differently but I want to say thanks for your participation.

Juried Exhibition Juror, Joe Amrhein


ArtSlant has shutdown. The website is currently running in a view-only mode to allow archiving of the content.

The website will be permanently closed shortly, so please retrieve any content you wish to save.