Juried by Heather Bhandari
Artists are not often asked to think small. In recent decades, the unbridled growth of the art market has found its correlate in the unbridled growth artworks themselves. From massive sculptural constructions, to immersive installations, to giant canvases, the small, delicate, and pared down seems to have little place. However, something is lost when there is little space for works that, through the intimation and surprise of details, manage to confound the viewer’s expectations.
In an attempt to open up this space, Small and Smaller has asked artists to go in the opposite direction and to think about the intimacy and beauty of art that explores space, color, and form on a miniature scale. Much of the work is process oriented, using finely apportioned materials, and careful methods, pushing back on the viewer’s impulse to constantly search for the bigger picture. Smallness makes different demands on the artist as well — every aspect must be handled with care and deliberation, more often than not indexing, rather than effacing, the artist’s hand. Heather Bandari's selection traverses across media, subject matter, style, and form. They demand and repay the viewer’s close attention, slowly disclosing unexpected and delightful details.
Opening Reception Friday, September 20th 6-9PM