arcadia university art gallery  

Works on Paper

November 18 - December 20, 2009


João Ribas, Curator of Exhibitions, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts (formerly, curator, The Drawing Center, New York)

Participating Artists

Leah Bailis, Andrea Beizer, Gabriel Boyce & Preston Link, Bruce Campbell, John Costanza, Michael Davis Carter, Hannah Heffner, Pernot Hudson, James Johnson, Sebastien Leclercq, Erika Mayer, Gabriel Martinez, Kristina Martino, Quentin Morris, Matt Neff, Robert T. Pannell, Mia Rosenthal, Fay Stanford, Mark Stockton, Judith Taylor, and Dino Vasquez.

Featuring 22 works juried from a record number of 1,256 entries submitted by 567 artists living within a 40-mile range of the University, “Works on Paper 2009” is among the most incisive iterations of the show in two decades. With its layering of organic, formal affinities and open, associative themes, the resulting show can be read as a curated effort expressing a deeply focused and invested sensibility.

Photography by Matt Suib/Greenhouse Media

"Four Points Towards a Present History: Knowledge, Representation, Freedom and the Subject"
Lecture by juror João Ribas, 6:30 p.m., Stiteler Auditorium, Murphy Hall
Opening reception in the art gallery immediately following.
What role does aesthetic knowledge play in contemporary culture defined by communication, information, and connectivity? What do images of terrorism do to the long-standing critique of photographic representation? If the figure of the artist and his labor were once emblematic of the emancipatory idea of 'individual freedom', is this notion deradicalized by the democratization of subjective expression today? Can art and its implicit 'subject of freedom', now radically democratized, provide a horizon of possibilities for new forms of creativity and social organization?


Works on Paper 2009