Art Gallery Presents "Sorting It Out" Exhibition
Beginning November 7
The Butte College Art Gallery Presents, Sorting it Out, an exhibit that explores our obsession with cleanliness and the unsafe products we use to achieve a ‘fresh’ smell to our clothes or ‘extra brightness’ to our linens, by North Carolina artist Nicole Uzzell.
About the exhibition:
The exhibition is open from Monday, November 7 through Thursday, December 8. A gallery reception will take place on Monday, November 7, from 4 – 6 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served and Butte College music student Lisa Valentine will perform from 4 – 5 p.m. The Butte College Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Arts Building on the main campus of Butte College, 3536 Butte Campus Dr., Oroville, CA. Current gallery hours are Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
About the work:
Sorting It Out is an installation that celebrates the repetition and laborious nature of process art and how it is reminiscent to that involved in laundry. From dryer sheets to bed sheets to Q-tips, these materials have been interlocked to create forms reminiscent of curtains and washboards.
In the 1970 essay "Some Notes on the Phenomenology of Making", artist Robert Morris stated "much attention has been focused on the analysis of the content of the art making - its end images - but there has been little attention focused on the significance of the means. Nicole Uzzell believes there are 'forms' to be found within the activity of making as much as within the end products. There are forms of behavior aimed at testing the limits and possibilities involved in the particulate interaction between one's actions and the materials of the environment. This amounts to the submerged side of the art iceberg.
Uzzell subscribes to Morris’ line of thinking and approach to materials. Each form in this exhibition was guided and limited by the material. Uzzell is not attempting to hide the artist hand, but her process allows the natural qualities in certain materials to surface and manipulate the final outcome. This is mainly achieved by using paper pulp with a high-shrinkage rate but not always—as Uzzell incorporates a variety of materials to convey her ideas into 3-D art. Overall, Uzzell leans heavily towards humble materials, highlighting women’s issues and creating works that are ephemeral in nature.
About the artist:
Nicole Uzzell is a visual artist who creates sculptures and installations primarily from found or humble materials. Her work has primarily been exhibited on the east coast through solo shows and collaborations with other women artists. She's a professor at Salem College in Winston-Salem as well as ceramics teacher at the Sawtooth School for Visual Art. She earned her MFA in Visual Art from Lesley University College of Art and Design in Cambridge, MA. Past awards include a regional project grant from the Winston-Salem and Forsyth County Arts Council and the Alumni Award from LUCAD. Uzzell continues to experiment in this broad field and finds the ‘hunt for the form’ still the most exciting part.
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