Group Exhibition: Curated by Joseph Lozano
Anthony Bowers, Dave Campbell, Scott Dickson, Aimee Gilmore, Aubrey Levinthal, Adam Lovitz, Joseph Lozano, Kate Moran, Bethann Parker, Sterling Shaw, Kristen Neville Taylor, and Ashley Wick.
Family Matter brings together twelve artist-parents whose lives and art practices have been forever changed by parenthood. As is typical for all new parents, the burden of new responsibilities can be a surprise or even a hardship. Resources and overall flexibility are depleted in unpredictable ways which can be particularly challenging for artist-parents who need time to work in their studio or on location for their career opportunities, exhibitions and residencies to flourish.
For this reason, historically, parenthood has been stigmatized within art spheres, especially for women. But the artist-parents in this show have found that the very transformation of their identities through parenthood has ignited their practice anew with purpose and focus, and that what might have been a limitation has now become a creative force.
There is immense joy in watching children create. Whether they are drawing, playing make-believe, or stringing words together for the first time, witnessing their creative discoveries first-hand gives parents the chance to experience these milestones once again through their children. This fresh perspective, or a “beginner’s mind”, is a goal for professionals in many artistic pursuits. For artist-parents, their children may become a conduit for experiencing creative novelty. Their child might even become a collaborator of sorts. In these moments, “parent” and “artist” labels disappear and their duality becomes an inspiring entanglement. The result is a myriad of new viewpoints that engage with the feelings and perceptions that come with becoming a parent and artist.
This exhibition, curated by Joseph Lozano, features the works of Anthony Bowers, Dave Campbell, Scott Dickson, Aimee Gilmore, Aubrey Levinthal, Adam Lovitz, Kate Moran, Bethann Parker, Sterling Shaw, Kristen Neville Taylor, and Ashley Wick.