Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Art, Art History, and Design
Place in Proximity


PLACE IN PROXIMITY

Featuring Artists from Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.

September 18 - October 30, 2015

Opening Reception September 18, 2015

The artists featured in Place in Proximity represent a cross section of current regional artistic practices with a broad range of aesthetic and conceptual concerns. One benefit of an exhibition without a preconceived curatorial theme is that it allows each artist’s work to speak and be considered on its own terms, unencumbered by tidy conceptual frameworks. Yet, when several artists’ works come together in a single space serendipitous relationships develop, forming a dialogue that could not have been anticipated. One piece poses a question to another, bold assertions arise only to be softened by playful humor, works conspire to form subversive propositions, while others are material expressions of the ineffable. A common thread that runs between many of these artists is an interest in the specificity of material as an essential means of communication. This exhibition is then the platform for an ongoing, generative conversation in which we are invited to be participants.

Dustin London, Guest Juror

Dustin London is an Assistant Professor in the Art Department at Eastern Michigan University. London attended Michigan State University for his Bachelor of Fine Arts, and the University of Pennsylvania for his MFA. He has exhibited in spaces such as TSA New York in Brooklyn, Kunsthalle Galapagos in Brooklyn, the Bronx Art Space, and the Roger LaPelle Gallery in Philadelphia. London has been featured in New American Paintings and was awarded a Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.