Guest Curator Ben Gannon, Many Lands Group Show

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GUEST CURATOR BEN GANNON
MANY LANDS GROUP SHOW

11 JANUARY - 4 FEBRUARY
OPENING RECEPTION 14 JANUARY, 6-9PM
GALLERY HOURS: WED-SAT 2-7PM

FEATURED ARTISTS

Alyson Provax, Aramis Hamer, Brit Ruggirello, Catherine Cross Uehara, Counsel Langley, Dakota Gearhart, Emily Gherard, Erin Kendig, Grant Hottle, Isabel Blue, Jake Millett, Jazz Brown, Jennifer Ament, Jesse Higman, Joey Veltkamp, Juan Alonso Rodriguez, Ka'ila Farrell Smith, Kat Larson, Kimberley Cole Trowbridge, Kimisha Turner, Matthew Offenbacher, Patrick Kelly, Robin Green, Tim Cross, Trung Pham

Many Lands is a comprehensive exhibition featuring over 20 artists in which abstract and abstracted landscapes are situated together to represent the idea of “world building”. Historically, this concept takes place in mythopoetic works of fantasy and science fiction literature, but it’s also evocative of actual, inhabitable physical space. In this show, world building is a contextual throughline between the speculative media of both contemporary art and genre fiction.

In the creative practices of both literature and visual art, world building requires deftly balanced and nuanced plot structures: the objective, accessible and recognizable must exist alongside the subjective, intangible, and unknown; mirroring our own world’s composition of sublime and chaotic formation. This alchemical balancing in work that engages with world building produces a creation that is at once generously narrative yet challenging; or raw and filled with potential, providing a touchstone in reality while engaging us to stretch and embrace the fabric of our imagination to absorb new ideas.

The philosophical urgency underlying the imagination of other worlds is rooted in empathy and compassion, which serves as a device to enable a translation through our distance in space and time. In this way, our empathy leads us to a deeper understanding of previously obscured ideas, theories, or existences. These glimpses into those fictitious realms outside ourselves allows us to see the many lands that both envelope, comprise, and connect us all.

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