Brief-description: Explores the passing of time and its diverse, thematic representation in the work of a collection of artists
Event url: www.burchfieldpenney.org
About: Feature more than 14 artists from the permanent collection. How is it that artists represent the passage and stillness of the days of our lives?
What is time, and what does it mean to us? Apart from seconds, minutes, hours, months, and years, how do we experience the passing of time? “Mechanical measurement lacks the necessary emotional component that is true to the way that we experience life; the clock and calendar are only tools,” said Scott Propeack, Burchfield Penney interim director and chief curator. “Our experience is a consideration of birthdays, work weeks, lives and deaths, waiting, and going. We make mental notes about when things have happened and when they will happen.”
The work of artists Marion Faller and Hollis Frampton will provide movement spanning time, with work inspired by Eadweard Muybridge’s motion studies. Frank Duffy, Grace McKendry, and others continue this theme in the exhibition. The seasons will be captured in the work of Marsden Hartley, Harriet Greif, and others. Bruce Adams’ The Treason of Archaeology: This is not a Pipe #2, and others offer self-reflecting on history in both practice and art. While Amanda Besl and Reginald Marsh will
provide the meaningful context of waiting, the experience that fills many of our hours. Hints at the future come through works like, Event Horizon, by Ted Miller.
“How we mark time, with still objects, is like a picture in a date book,” added Propreack. “Sometimes the image provides us with a sense of eternal racing, and at others times a sense of endless waiting or rest. However, we spend our hours, noting these moments can be arrived at best through the vision of our artists and the work in this exhibition that provides us with signatures and markers for time.”