Together With (Madison, WI)
I'm thrilled to invite you to the first of two iterations of this large-scale group exhibition curated by myself, Kate Mothes, in collaboration with Denver-based collective Hyperlink, opening in Madison, WI, on Friday, May 5 at The Bubbler at Madison Public Library! It will be then be moving to the Philip J. Steele Gallery on the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design campus in Denver, CO, in September 2017.
Find the full press release here.
Both portions of the two-state exhibition exchange will feature Hyperlink artists Theresa Anderson, Amber Cobb, Tobias Fike, Ian Fisher, Donald Fodness, Matthew Harris, Laura Shill, Derrick Velasquez, Summer Ventis, Ashley Williams, Kathryn Wingard and Xi Zhang alongside the artists Sofia Arnold, Mandy Lyn Ford, C. Anthony Huber, Kyle Kogut, Esau McGhee, Brian Prugh, Mariana Russell, Joni Van Bockel, Sara Willadsen and Jason Yi.
Together With is an exploration of duality, specifically addressing the so-called middle distance between two extremes. The premise of the exhibition was an artistic and geographic exchange, taking place both in Denver, CO, and Madison, WI, in order for artists in the Denver-based artist collective Hyperlink to engage with artists in other parts of the country and vice versa. Whether Denver and Madison are considered West or Midwest, they are both situated within the vast expanse between, and apart from, the two major American art hubs of Los Angeles and New York. Together With draws artists and their work from both coasts while emphasizing the Midwest as a meeting place, a middle ground.
The theme of duality is so broad as to be practically an anti-theme; it invites a diverse range of interpretations. Some artists’ work deliberately explores sub-themes such as the transition between life and death, inside and outside, or body and soul. Some of the work formally interprets duality by using materials we associate with barriers, or creating pieces and spaces that transition from two-dimensional to three-dimensional. Additionally, some work operates in a more conceptual sense by juxtaposing the beautiful and the grotesque, the limits or barriers of the body, views on privacy and publicity, and perceptions of the real and the imaginary. The eclectic group of artists and artwork meet in an exhibition wherein multiple dualities revolve around and touch off of one another.
Hyperlink is a Denver based collective of artists with a mission to create a network of artistic exchanges nationally and internationally. Most commonly this is achieved through partnering with individuals or institutions outside of Colorado to create exchange exhibitions that enable participating artists to share their work beyond their local communities. While the Internet and social media allow artists to readily disseminate images of their work worldwide, we believe there is a stark difference between online viewing and in-person interactions. Hyperlink values lasting relationships built on thoughtful conversations, shared efforts, and building tangible connections with other communities. Find more at hyper-link.org.
Kate Mothes is an independent curator and organizer based in Northeast Wisconsin. She is interested in contemporary art and alternative modes of art exhibition, education, and experience, with an emphasis on artist-run initiatives. She runs a blog and nomadic curatorial platform called Young Space.
Young Space is an online curatorial platform with a mission to promote, support, and collaborate with emerging contemporary artists, and to engage artists, students, and the community in real, meaningful dialogue through unique content and projects. More at young-space.com!
(Images: L: Mandy Lyn Ford, Judge, 2016; Ashley Williams and Sara Williams, Necessary Language: Berlin/Soi Saket, 2017)