Visual Arts Committee

March 13—April 27, 2002

Mia Brownell, Kristin Breiseth, Karen Dow, Stephen Grossman, Debbie Hesse, Sharon Kurland, Aron Michlin, Lyn Bell Rose, and Tony White.

Installation view of InSight/OnSite

The hybrid role of artist-curator begs a big question: the relation between art making and art viewing. Art makers are often habitual art viewers and their heightened investment and fluency in the languages of art can be a rich source of insight. Another side of insight – seeing from within – might refer to individual creative vision inflecting what is seen; it might equally refer to the view from within a community of artists and other like minds. The Visual Arts Committee of untitled (space), nine artists and one critical-historical interloper, exists to scan the current cultural landscape, bring together engaging art, and create a context in which to display it. The Committee works onsite week after week and has developed a shared frame of reference specific to the space in which we work.

Conceived as a farewell celebration of the current space, this exhibition diverges from the usual mission of the Visual Arts Committee: instead of choosing work for display, here the task is to create work in response to the gallery space. Each of the nine participating artists was randomly assigned one/ninth of the perimeter. These 178-inch spans are marked off such that one starts where the previous one ends, regardless of corners or peculiarities that comprise the distance.