This show explores a desire to discover, an inquisitive energy, a spark of interest. Curiosity drives us to anticipate what’s around the curve. It takes us to new places and gives life to new ideas. These artists reveal something new about ordinary objects, or bring things hidden, unusual, or interesting to light. Through a wide array of subject matter, this show will tap into our own curious nature.
CURIOSITY AS WONDER
Slow down to see from the eyes of a child. When we look from a different angle, the change in perspective opens us to new wonders.
Look for salamanders under a rock, or tiny brine shrimp in a tide pool. Little curiosities can
lead to big discoveries.
"People say that what we are seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think
this is what we’re really seeking. I think what we’re seeking is an
experience of being alive."
CURIOSITY AS INTRIGUE
Who lives in the house next door? What happens over there? Who do I see in the window? What is it about the activities of others that fascinates us? The root of curiosity may be mystery and beauty. What will we watch unfold?
“I’m trying to get mystery and specificity at the same time, even though they seem to be quite opposite things.” - Susan Lichtman
"Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
CURIOSITY AS ATTENTION
Look for beauty in everything. Elevate the everyday moments and find magic in the mundane.
Curiosity engages us and exploration sparks connections. We are drawn to reach into a bowl of ceramic eggs for the tactile joy, to hear them imitate river stones, to see what is at the bottom of the bowl.
The impulse to seek new information and new possibilities from what's before us generates creativity. Disposable pulp paper packaging, once cast in bronze, commands us to stop, look, and admire. "The rough texture of the paper waste; its casually cast form, loosely molded to cradle a precious thing... I reconsider and reconfigure them as permanent bronze sculptures. To create new artifacts that reflect both our cast-off culture and our ingenuity.” - JT Gibson
"Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them."