The Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University is pleased to present Expanding on view on September 16 to October 19, with an informal discussion with the artists on October 9, from 3-4 PM, to be followed immediately by a reception until 6 PM, at the Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery. Expanding is an exhibition of artwork created by eleven Bay Area artists, including Jeff Dobson, Dan Grayber, Jesse Houlding, Vera Kachouh, Jenn Karson, Seth Koen, Christine Lee, Katie Lewis, Michael Meyers, Brian Wasson and Patrick Wilson.
Spanning a range of materials, media and context for the expression of ideas in space, the artists present a group of work that "pulls you out of a routine and plants you firmly in the middle of a new perspective by offering a fenestration on the unfamiliar and a new context to the familiar. When contemplating expansion one might think of the expanding universe, the expansion of landscape, or expanding one's mind. In thinking of the expansion of sculpture, one can recall how Michael Heizer or Gordon Matta-Clark might have interpreted this notion, through removing earth from a Mormon Mesa in remote Nevada (Double Negative, 1970) or by cutting lines through an actual house (Splitting, 1974). They weren't adding any physical material at all. By removing from what was already there, they shifted our view and we began to see what they imagined," say curators Terry Berlier and Moira Murdock.
All of the participating artists demonstrate that by continually challenging sculpture's scope, the Bay Area sculpture is alive, engaging, innovative and resourceful.