ABOUT THE EVENT
Reliant Objects is a group exhibition of interdisciplinary craft work challenging notions of form, function, and the future of domestic objects. In Reliant Objects, the works attempt to claim their own narrative space, building new futures and object-agency through challenges to form, misuse, and dysfunction. These objects rely upon a viewer’s recognition of their sameness and difference, in the ability to seek meaning in their digressions from everyday familiarity. This exhibition is not about strictly historical objects or everyday objects, material specificity or labored craft. It is not about the history of ‘the thing’, but rather about the ability for these objects to look into the future and serve as a reflection of self. In their multiplicity, augmentation, or fragmentation, these works act as a mirror, allowing the viewer to recognize themselves and their collective future potentials in disparate and unfamiliar parts and pieces.
ABOUT THE CURATORS
Courtney Kemp currently lives Portland, Oregon, and serves as Head Faculty for the MFA in Craft and Material Studies at Oregon College of Art and Craft. She is an alumni member of Ditch Projects, an artist-run gallery and collective. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including SOFA New York (NY), Galleri Puls (Norheimsund, Norway), Border Patrol (Portland, Maine), Platte Forum (Denver, Colorado), and Heidi Lowe Gallery (Rehobeth, Delaware), among others.
Lyndsay Rice currently lives in Calgary, Canada, and serves as Assistant Professor of Jewellery and Metalsmithing at Alberta College of Art and Design. She received her BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and her MFA from the University of Oregon. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally as part of JOYA Barcelona. at Reinstein | Ross Gallery in NYC, DeDee Shattuck Gallery, and more.