Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, “Rat, Real Rhinestone Rat 1 and Real Rhinestone Rat 2” (1960s/2017), mixed media (image courtesy the artist and Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York)

Curated by painter, Carrie Moyer, Near & Dear is an intergenerational exhibition that explores amorous connections artists make with signifying materials and objects.

Including Jennifer Paige Cohen, Anoka Faruqee, Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Sheila Pepe, Alison Saar, Rachel Stern, William Villalongo, and Brian Zegeer, these artists each use objects to deliver embodied meaning, from the haptic to the optical to the cerebral.

All have an investment in a specific material culture and the product of their research takes the form of discrete artifacts. The term “material culture” tells of the relationships between people and their things, irrespective of time and place. The range of culturally specific aesthetic vernaculars employed by each artist in the exhibition serves as a starting point for Near & Dear. Filled with texture and innuendo, the work included in Near & Dear celebrates the recognition, bafflement, and sheer delight artists discover by mining the familiar.

Related program:
Wednesday, October 25, 6:30 PM — Glenn Adamson and Sheila Pepe in Conversation: Near & Dear, Material Culture and Artists as Researchers

EFA Project Space is a program of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts.

The gallery is located at 323 West 39th Street, 2nd Floor.
Public hours: Wednesday–Saturday, 12-6 pm +

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