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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Rapunzel in the Library

Curator, Tara Mathison, describes In Perpetuum | forever, at the Queens College Art Center,  as,  "A multi-exhibition structured around the idea that artists continually influence each other. This collective consciousness is central to the evolution of art. As ideas filter through layers of human consciousness, transformations occur. Art is the realization of this collective action, although transformation is rarely immediate or stark. IP | forever offers a vantage into micro-populations where groups of artists converge around an initial concept, and the emergent collective conscience propels action. Similar to a winemaking solera, IP | forever nurtures the larger theme of forever by encompassing each solera/lead artist’s research with responses from the participating artist faction. Forever gaining momentum through its recombining context, IP | forever will continue to amass groups of artists and ideas, uniquely reshaping its overall scope and consciousness through each exhibition."  The fall solera/lead artist is Will Corwin who's theme is UTOPIA.

This coming spring as the solera/lead artist,  I want to investigate with my fellow collaborators, disruption as a necessary practice.  The story of Rapunzel recounts enchantment, entrapment and escape. The Queens College Art Center studio/exhibition space resides atop a library atrium tower.  The book collections in the Queens College Library enchant visitors with a pure, analog experience.  I have invited spring  IP | forever artists to respond to the Art Library's tangible book collection, and find strands of connection to the story of Rapunzel's enshrinement and her eventual escape.  Viola Kolarov suggested this interpretation of the story by Iakov Levi which offers some interesting points of departure:  Rapunzel and Other Stories of Beautiful Hair.

                                                                                             ---   Anne Sherwood Pundyk

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