Nothing is Ever What You Think
December 4th – January 23rd Patton Malott Gallery, Anderson Ranch Arts Center Opening
Show organized by Andrew Roberts Grey
Reception Tuesday, December 16 Public Invited, Refreshments Provided.
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Show Statement by Andrew Roberts-Grey:
In 2013 I began to consider what the shape an exhibition for the Anderson Ranch’s Patton-Mallott gallery might take. My initial thoughts were these:
How could I communicate directly with a number of artists non-verbally? How would I plan the show so that the work I would make did not have to be directly related to anything I had done previously? And finally, how could I arrange the show so that the interaction of the invited artists’ work, my response to their work, and the relationship to the space was only made clear through the five days of installation and maintained a quality of unpredictability.
Here is a synopsis of the organization and structure of “Nothing Is Ever What We Think,” that attempts to engage the questions outlined above.
Ten, 10 Inch square wood panels (1/4 inch thick) were sent to twelve artists. Each artist was to make a piece with the panels. No instructions would be included as to how the work would be made. The artists would ship the work to the Gallery. I would not look at the work until the first day of installation. Only as I began to lay out the 12 artists work in the space could I begin to think about what my response to the artists’ work would be. And, I could not preconceive my response in the months and weeks leading up to the exhibition, (this has been astoundingly difficult).
My hope is that this elaborate architecture will lead to unforeseen relationships between the works and the space, and the possibility that the experience of the installation as a whole will be difficult to conceptualize verbally.
Joshua West Smith
Teresa Booth Brown