Exhibition: January 29 - February 20, 2016
Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Wednesdays 12-5pm or by appointment
Through non-linear, but conceptually linked experience, the exhibition facilitates an awareness of the construction of meaning. Several of the works on exhibition unfold in one way when first viewed, but given a new vantage point deeper into the complex their meaning fundamentally shifts, emotionally flavored by the physical change in the viewer’s position. The second experience taints the first, muddling into understanding — less defined, less sure, but more rich and nuanced.
Combining figurative imagery and architectural interventions, the exhibition frames Pump Project as super-organism rather than inanimate building. Within that analogy, viewers and artists become circulatory agents of this semi-living system, bringing into question the boundaries of one’s own person and hierarchical distinctions of society, community, and individual. Running threads unique to life-systems punctuate the show, among these are references to consumption, creation, hope and failure, discovery, transformation, and death.
"My practice revolves around ideas of perceived intrinsic value. Through plays on the viewer's curiosity my work aims to seduce the onlooker into the position of jeopardising often pre-constructed notions of value and quality, whether that be of a material, a form, skill, or perception. Frequently the viewer literally becomes a part of the work, and this through the lens of a secondary viewer is as much the artwork as that which is experienced through the perspective of the original participant."
-Seth Orion Schwaiger