Object ProjectFri Feb 20, 2009 Sat May 23, 2009
Location: Museum of Outdoor Arts
Opening Reception: 2/21/2009
On February 20, the Museum of Outdoor Arts in Englewood, Colorado will open an exhibition of works by some of America's leading proponents of contemporary realism. The exhibition, which is being traveled throughout the U.S. by the Evansville Museum, was curated by M. Stephen Doherty, Editor-in-Chief of American Artist, Watercolor, Drawing, & Workshop Magazine.
The organizing concept for the Object Project is brilliant in both its simplicity and its depth. Fifteen artists agreed to create one multi-panel painting or two similarly sized paintings, with the stipulation being that five common objects: a clear glass of water, a moth, a ball of string, a bone, and a mirror; would appear in some fashion within those pictures. The artists committed themselves to incoporatinng the objects in any way they saw fit. The intention was to present paintings that would be unified by the five common objects and, at the same time, seperated by the individual responses offered by each artist. It was assumed the final exhibition would be more about the unique vision of each artist than it would be about the repeated elements. Here is a video podcast and audio podcast of the panel discussion.