'By Hand' Crafts Interactive Installations for ArtCenter
The relationship between the artist and the audience is typically a wholly separate affair — the art is made in a space and then is observed in another. But what happens when the audience can actively engage the piece at hand?
That concept is what's behind By Hand, a new exhibition opening this month at ArtCenter/South Florida this month. With each installation, the viewer is encouraged to touch, feel and interpret, creating a direct dialogue between artist and audience.
For sculptors Robin Griffiths and Evan Robarts, the work created is based on the relation between science and art, with Griffiths's work displaying the creation process of his installations and Robarts using found objects and showing how they interact with nature. In ArtCenter alumni Jenny Brillhart's "Constructs," she examines the process of beauty through adding to and subtracting from various objects. Lea Nickless uses book art and watercolors for her work (pictured) while Rosemarie Chiarlone even incorporates poetry into her work "Silhouette," examining the relationship between text and visuals with cut-outs and perforated text by poet Susan Weiner.
These along with several other pieces by other talented artists make up the basis of By Hand's interactive collection, with displays that observers can engage up close and fully understand their creation through physical contact. The exhibition will be on display at Art Center/South Florida from August 11 to September 23 at the Richard Shack Gallery and will be a gripping merging of the two sides of art's looking glass.
Via Miami Art Guide
Image: Lea Nickless