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"Forum: Jesse Bransford"
2002-03-16 until 2002-06-16
Carnegie Museum of Art
New-York based artist Jesse Bransford creates large, site-specific paintings that bring together icons from art, science, and popular culture. In this wall drawing for the museum's Forum Gallery, Bransford mined the rich collections of Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie Museum of Natural History for art and artifacts that symbolically or contextually intersect with each other.
He isolated museum objects from their original context in the galleries and recombined them in a sweeping composition that ranges freely across time, place, and disciplines. Juxtaposed in a non-linear visual field, the arrangement allows each icon to elicit a range of symbolic meanings through the play of free associations generated by specific objects and by their combination.
Without dictating a single narrative, the wall drawing opens itself to a viewer's interpretation of the web of possible associations among and between symbolic motifs. The work ultimately asks us to examine the way meaning is created and how culture and context color our attempts to make order of the world by offering a visual and mental proposition for realigning and recomposing alternative stories.