-- Multi-Exhibition Opens the Process of Evolution of Art
As Artists Continually Influence Each Other --
FLUSHING, NY, October 11, 2011 – Inspired by the fractional blending of old and new vintages in solera—a winemaking technique known in Sicily as in perpetuum, or “forever”—the Queens College Art Center is applying the concept to the artistic process. The result is In Perpetuum | forever, an innovative show opening on October 20, 2011, with a site-specific installation by sculptor Will Corwin. Beginning on November 9, nine artists, writers, and musicians will get a month to react to themes in Corwin’s work, and he will have the chance to respond, in an open-ended dialogue that suggests infinity. IP | forever I will culminate on December 14, 2011, with a display of pieces created during the fall. The cycle will be repeated beginning next February into the spring with a different lead artist and team of participants.
Just as vintners use solera to infuse new spirits with the characteristics of older wines, the IP | forever art project seeks to foster creative momentum within a group. “The curatorial hope for IP | forever is for artists to be empowered as catalysts for growth, experimentation, and evolution towards each other, rather than relying on their own practice or the support of the curator or organization,” says QC Art Center curator Tara Mathison, who conceived the multi-exhibition. “The dependency is not on today, but lies within the passing of information surrounding forever.”
A former architect, Corwin will use wood and plaster, the medium he currently favors, stacking and unstacking different elements to address the theme of utopia/dystopia—his installations often involve obstructive shelving systems laden with plaster objects and piles of rubble. “My interest lies in the act of creation undone by either a violent destructive impulse, or less often, the inanimate destruction of time and nature,” he explains.
Will Corwin, The Auroch's Library, installation
at The Clocktower Gallery, NYC, 2011 (detail)
Since his late-1990s debut at the LaMama Gallery on the Lower East Side, Corwin has had critically acclaimed exhibitions and residencies at Gallery Aferro in Newark, NJ, and at Flushing Town Hall, Michael Steinberg Gallery, Hudson Guild Gallery, and chashama and chashama Queens in New York City. Overseas, his work has been seen in Beijing, Hamburg, and London. His most recent installation/performance, The Auroch's Library and Clocktower Chess Match, took place this past summer at The Clocktower Gallery in Manhattan and was funded by The Jerome Foundation.
Respondents to Corwin’s work will include Ellis Avery, novelist and poet; G. Lucas Crane, sound artist, performer, and musician; Sean Cunningham, playwright; Ben Gottlieb, writer and journalist; Tommy Mintz, photographer and performance artist; Shervone Neckles, art educator and artist; Anne Sherwood Pundyk, painter, and the lead solera artist for the spring phase of IP | forever; Carin Riley, painter; and Tara Mathison, curator, art educator, and artist.
The exhibition is free and open to the public. Images, as well as biographical and sales information, are available upon request. For additional information, please visit http://qcpages.qc.cuny.edu/Art_Library/exhibitions.html.
Queens College Art Center (part of the Selma and Max Kupferberg Center for the Arts)
Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library, Level Six
Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing.
Curated by Tara Mathison, Queens College Art Center
Open Studio with Will Corwin: Wednesday, November 9, 5-8 pm
Closing Reception + Artists’ Talks for the Fall: Wednesday, December 14, 5-8 pm
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The Queens College Art Center, founded in 1987, succeeds the Queens College Art Library Gallery established in 1960. In more than 200 exhibitions to date, the Art Center has shown masters like Alice Neel, Joseph Cornell, and Elizabeth Catlett, and introduced scores of artists from around the globe. Focusing on modern and contemporary programming expressive of the best art of our time, this display space presents the works of emerging and established artists in diverse media. Art Center exhibitions support the educational and cultural objectives of Queens College. The shared goal of the Queens College Art Center and of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College is to provide the means for participating in and upholding a democratic society through learning, adaptation, and critical thinking.