Toward a Philosophy of the Everyday
Everyday takes on new meaning in a contemporary experience both global and local where we are all connected whether by economic necessity or internet links and in which we all deal in some fashion with the uncertainty of the future in an age of war and terror. Yet making do and getting by with less is not just a way to adapt to economic downturns or look nostalgically to the security of the past when things seemed to work.
As this show discusses, artists today are using what is at hand, recycling the commonplace into art that explores the complex and interconnected nature of today’s experience in ways both profound and philosophical. Remixing and sampling, refusing limits and crossing boundaries, accenting the abject, overlooked and forgotten, these artists explore through their work the archeology of presence and the paradox of temporality. They investigate how systems of production and dispersal can be used as metaphors for cultural and social exchange and as a meditation on the ways place, subjectivity, desire and simultaneity operate in a world beset by commodity, mobility, anonymity, complexity and chaos.
Their work, as their inquiry, is open-ended, inclusive and process-oriented, for in order to argue for a philosophy of the everyday, they necessarily are intent on inviting the public to explore with them the ways art relates to both the practice and meaning of daily life.
Featured Artists: Jessica Jackson Hutchins, William Stone, Jeanne Silverthorne, Martha Colburn, Andy Coolquitt, Patrick O’Hare, Ruth Hardinger, Lisa Hoke, Heather Rowe, Jedediah Caesar, Arthur Simms, Rashawn Griffin, and Ian Burns
Organizer: Susan M. Canning
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 25, 2011 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Artists Panel: Wednesday, October 26, from 6:45 to 8 p.m.
NRCA ArtsFest: Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26, 12 to 5 p.m.
Castle Gallery will be open for extended hours as a featured stop on the New Rochelle Council on the Arts’ ArtsFest trolley.