A curatorial project for the Locker Gallery at Washington State University, featuring fourteen artists across five continents, observing views of the everyday along streets and urban spaces. Arranged and connected only through Instagram, this exhibition explores the possibility of the extraordinary in the ordinary and social media sharing as community art practice.
Featuring Anne Deeming, Cara Farnan, Ceren Sözer, Chen Wei Chen, Eugenia González, Graham Murtough, Hakan Gursoytrak, Hayla Ragland, Jane Morter, Kane Applegate, Natalia Sędek, Rotem Shmueli, Suné Smit, and Zola Kell.
As part of my artistic practice, I take smartphone images of unnoticed, cast-off kinds of objects in urban environments. At the same time, I follow other artists who are interested in documenting similar themes on Instagram. In curating this exhibition, I want to evoke a greater awareness of everyday environments through the lens of our phones and social networks. Using this conceptual framework, I want to bring attention to the fantastic images that this community of artists is producing.
The artists featured here are working in cities across the globe, from Asia, Africa, Europe, South America, and the US, underscoring the commonality of these kinds of everyday experiences on a global scale. For some of these artists, the images are about process. For others, the images are the final work. Some are explorations of design elements, while others find poetry and humor in discarded debris. With this variety of perspectives, this invitational exhibition explores open-ended interpretations of spaces suspended in the margins between decay and beauty, and invites the viewer to do the same.
– Krista Brand