February 7 - March 30, 2014
Curated by Chloe Lee MFA 14 GD + Minkyoung Kim MFA 15 GD
50/50 explores ways through which artists, designers, and curators respond to limitations and propose alternatives within a given context. This body of work examines an equilibrium in flux: the co-dependancy of artists and contexts.
The decision for artists and designers to confront given conditions and breach boundaries often call for flexible and temporal creative expressions, particularly in site-specific work (Chris Papa's Loaf sculpture made of bound-toasts; Bathsheba Okwenje and Nupur Mathur's Add Baazi where images of women gathering are pasted onto the walls in male-dominant public space).
The unlikely union of disparate elements as a result of such transgressions also manifest itself in material (Physical Memory, a hybrid table by Tristan Meade that combines wood and birch scraps), people (Ke Peng's photographic series Jack that documents the friendship between a man under house arrest and the photographer herself), and space (Ben Langford's Reclaiming Eden that references the fugue state of being from a diversely themed garden).
In this ambiguous space where identities and landscapes collide, collapse, and coalesce, artist and designers envision realities that co-exist in spite of the seeming incongruities.