A new show featuring works from nine regionally and nationally acclaimed artists opens to the public on February 23rd and runs through April 19th at Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.
The following is an excerpt from Landmark College of Fine Arts news:
The show includes works in video, collage, photography, painting and sculpture by artists Cynthia Atwood, Lucinda Bliss, Sabrina Fadial, Toby Gonzalez, Linda Adele Goodine, Amy Jenkins, Michael Oatman, Evie Lovett, Susan Newbold and Leonard Ragouzeos. Curated by Landmark’s art department chair Humberto Ramirez, a fundamental premise of the show is that “the most basic precondition for an object to become an artwork is that it communicates. A painting is no more an artwork than a brick, unless that painting or brick is able to engage in a critical discourse with history and the cultural conditions that determine its production.” Similarly, in keeping with Roland Barthes’ seminal text, “Mythologies” Ramirez views myths as a type of speech or language construction dependent on a “particular cultural moment to articulate their relevance”. In this show, he has assembled a stunning array of artworks that allow the viewer to make connections between the art and the myths from which they arise and to which they may lead. At its heart, Ramirez suggests that we read the works in the show as texts, with each piece viewed as a cultural construct, and a point of intersection for multiple modes of speech.