Indepth Arts News: |
2001-06-15 until 2002-05-12
Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington
USA United States of America
For the next year, Short Stories provides unlimited possibilities for displaying art in the Henry's
North Galleries. Taking advantage of the original Beaux-Arts building, Short Stories makes use
of eight distinct gallery spaces to present art - including works from the collection, loans,
commissioned projects, and challenging multi-media installations - in a series of inventive
The presentation of both new work and permanent collection objects is a central part of the
Henry's mission. Throughout the year Short Stories will feature an artist installation unfamiliar
to the Seattle audience. One tale is a work by internationally recognized Brazilian artist
Ernesto Neto. Flying Gloup Nave, one of Neto's most important sculptural installations, is a
room-size structure that invites viewers to experience art through touch, sight and smell.
Stretched nylon planes, a hanging bag of turmeric, pockets of Styrofoam pellets, and bulbous,
organically-splayed teardrops filled with sand, form an amorphous and anthropomorphic,
womb-like nave. Viewers are encouraged to take off their shoes and explore this aesthetically
and physiologically stimulating environment, generously loaned by Seattle collectors Rebecca
and Alexander Stewart. Flying Gloup Nave is on view beginning June 15th.
In the last decade, a number of contemporary artists have created three-dimensional works
that elevate utilitarian objects to aesthetic grandeur or employ banal materials in a playful
manner. Last year, Peter and Eileen Norton - among the world's top 200 collectors - gifted and
promised the Henry twenty-two artworks from the 1980s and '90s that address these issues.
Short Stories features a selection of these conceptual works by young, under-recognized
artists such as Ann Agee, Chris Finley and George Stoll.