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Exhibit: Nu Context

by Ray Zill on 2024-01-16T12:08:00-08:00 | 0 Comments

Exhibit is on display from January 8 - March 22, 2024


Special Events on Friday, February 9th

Opening Reception from 2:00-3:00pm (Library Main Floor)

Artist Talk from 3:00-4:30pm (LIB 2302D - behind the Research Desk)


Nu Context is a group exhibition Curated by Evergreen alum Travis Johnson. The exhibition includes small readymade ceramic, wood, and plastic sculptures that give a perspective through the lens of a prolific ensemble of artists. Each display case holds space for a host of visual expressions. This collection of works is pushing our comfort zone of what should be considered.

Kaye Blankenship is setting the aquatic foundation to consider and think about the ultimate floor, the ocean floor. Their work is in close dialogue with Ben Barlette’s foam food sculptures. This work is weaving a consideration of our consumption and mining of the earth to live. Laura Jean Foster adds another shingle for thought with her treatment of cardboard painting. These paintings are a witness too, and answer the call, to rethink what sculptures can be. She gives us calcified lung body motifs sculptures that remind us we are breathing the air we create. These works sit in the same space as Travis Johnson’s “My Black Museum”. Travis still asks the question “Who Was Violent On Your Behalf” and considers the ocean, the middle passage, the portal that curated the ontological formulation of the black body as a  commodity, to be used until depleted. We close this visual conversation with Joe Bun Keo bringing the viewer to sit with the truth of a plastic bag. His work is letting the viewer bring their ready-made narrative to this work and pushes the viewer to go further in their consideration of how we think about objects. 

“Nu Context” is a call to relook at our understanding of self, family, community, and world. What is art, what is trash and what is valuable, we must always consider the context.

This Collective includes:

  • Ben Bartlette
  • Kaye Blankenship
  • Joe Bun Keo
  • Laura Jean Foster
  • Travis Johnson



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