This week on Artebella, Curator Stacey Reason has selected four artists to address the theme of “retreating”.
STACEY REASON is a Louisville transplant that is on the verge of relocating to Puebla, Mexico for 3 years. Her work straddles curatorial and studio production, often with blurred lines between the two as her projects often involve direct work with the artists to produce exhibitions and cultural public projects. She has just finished up at the University of Louisville with a Master of Art in Critical and Curatorial Studies and Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management and intends to stay active in the region while finding new work in Mexico. Her latest accomplishments include serving on the Commission of Public Art for the City of Louisville, working on the acquisition of the International Honor Quilt that was organized by Judy Chicago in the 1980’s, assisting in the Huff Gallery at Spalding University, as well as curating several local and regional exhibitions, most recently Cinema Killed the Video Star, Select/Collect, Displacement: A Reckoning of Internal Affairs, Good as Gold, and Pairallels.
When selecting artists for this week on Artebella, I wanted to show a side of Louisville artists that hasn’t been widely seen and present them through an interesting theme that can be either really simplistic or extremely dense, depending on how the viewer approaches the work. Typically I prefer to create exhibitions in this manner, because it shows the true reflexivity of art and the power of point of view. I am also interested in how artists work in their studio and within their social network, and enjoy hosting projects that encourage artists to work outside of their current practice and connect to new mediums and ideas. By doing this, I can participate in the creative art making process as a curator.
Curator’s Statement: For me, the word “retreat” conjures a mental image of soldiers running from a loosing fight, a sense of urgency and survival. But I also think of retreating as pulling into something as a haven or as a reflective attempt to understand oneself. Retreating is not always a reaction against something negative, but a proactive attempt to achieve an internal alignment.
These artists are chosen to show the action of retreat in four different ways: retreating within oneself, retreating within identity, retreating within consciousness, retreating within home. Individually, they use different forms of artistic production to explore aspects of contemporary life that may seem at first quotidian but when isolated become uncanny. Collectively they encompass the idea of retreating within this context. – Stacey Reason
Part One: Huff Gallery at Spalding University, Louisville, KY
A Reckoning Of Internal Affairs, Displacement, 2014
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Part Two: New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, New Harmony, IN
A Reckoning Of Internal Affairs, Displacement, 2014.
At a Glance:
Name: Stacey Reason
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
BFA, Murray State University, Magna Cum Laude, 2010. MA in Curatorial Studies and MA in Public Administration in Nonprofit Management, University of Louisville, 2015