Arts + Literature Laboratory (ALL) presents Beyond Function, a national juried exhibition of three-dimensional forms that construct, obstruct, and reimagine function, juried by Gail Simpson. An opening reception will be held on Friday, May 27, 7-9pm, and the exhibition will be on view through June 18, 2016. Gallery hours are Tues-Sat 11-3 and by appointment. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
Simpson commented, “Useful objects can be both utilitarian and aesthetic in varying degrees, but it’s not useful to think of function as simply trying to accomplish something practical. Provocation, reflection, pleasure, and personal or social transformation can also be the function of an object. All of the artists in this exhibit are offering substantial ideas about our attachment to, and expectations for, the objects with which we surround ourselves.”
The twelve artists included in this exhibition are: Celine Browning (Chicago, WI), Jeremy Entwhistle (Morgantown, WV), Frankie Flood (Whitefish Bay, WI), Jaclyn Jaconetta (Providence, RI), Mie Kongo (Evanston, IL), Erica Meier (Hartland, WI), Michael Neville (Hamtramck, MI), Jeremy Nuttall (Madison, WI), Joseph Pine (Madison, WI), Jayson Randall (Coon Rapids, MN), Allison Roberts (Madison, WI), and Gabriel Strader-Brown (Madison, WI).
Juror Gail Simpson:
Gail Simpson is a sculptor and public artist who works on projects individually and as part of Actual Size Artworks, a collaborative team with Aristotle Georgiades. She has an MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and resides in Stoughton, Wisconsin. Her public art projects can be seen in Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin, Kansas, North Carolina, Nevada, Illinois and other locations nationally. She has also exhibited temporary projects around the United States and Europe. Her projects reflect her interest in the built and natural environment and her involvement with local community issues. She teaches at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.