No Context: Summer All Members Exhibition
In the 18th century through the beginning of the 20th, the value of an artwork was largely defined by its aesthetic appeal. But in the modern and contemporary era, artists, critics, and historians often hold the message of a work in higher regard, judging it as equally or more important.
Indeed, today the meaning of a work of art is a key element in determining its value, which is why artist statements and other written guidance are provided at most contemporary exhibitions. However, the meaning of art works now draws so much focus that some believe we’ve forgotten the pure visual agency and aesthetic impact that once reigned supreme. Some would even say that the meaning and messages ascribed to a work of art can stand in the way of its pure appreciation by the viewer.
The late essayist Susan Sontag wrote that “None of us can ever retrieve that innocence...when art knew no need to justify itself.”
In No Context, Studio Gallery’s Summer All Members Exhibition, interpretation is left entirely to the viewer, unencumbered by titles, artists statements, and the like. We invite viewers to return to a simpler world, one in which the art does not need to justify itself and the visual experience is king.
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 21, 4-6 pm
First Friday Reception: Friday, August 3, 6-8 pm