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For the show, Juror Claire Carter, curator of contemporary art at SMOCA, collaborated with Ellee Bokharachi, Tilt’s assistant director and art critic. Bokharachi offered the title for the call for art and Carter responded with a selection of work from artists with innovative processes that exhibit strength in form and technique in a vast variety of media. The collected art shares a sensual lure, work that pops with color and textural interest.
The resulting show represents a crucial conversation about the future of art and its symbiotic relationship with the public. Arts institutions across the world are struggling to create sustainable models of public engagement. Oversaturation of seeing, the hallmark of a generation growing with the breakneck pace of tech and social media, is crushing the viability of art in bricks and mortar arts spaces.
Carter and Bokharachi, well versed in the study of seeing and the richness that art contributes to individual lives and communities, promote talented artists with distinct visual stories. The artists are at different points in their careers, a group that mirrors a local culture of like-minded viewers. It is this seamlessly unobtrusive matchmaking that offers hope for a future relationship between artist and collector.
The rich, tactile experience of both of these works separates the physical experience of art from the ephemera of collected photos on one’s mobile device. The organic experience of art is multifaceted, part artist’s story of creation, part visceral response to the structure and form of the work, collected in the eye and response of the viewer.
If we covet what the eye finds, in knee-jerk responses to images we frame and save on our phones, then the opportunity to see or potentially live with works like those on display at Tilt Gallery, represents an association with something beyond ourselves, the gift of living articulation, a thing we should crave.
Infinite Possibility: Art of Tomorrow runs through August 27th. Inquiries on art in the show are welcome and appointments encouraged outside of gallery hours.