Now on View at Philbrook: An Engaging Group Exhibit Entitled "Remainder"
On this installment of ST, we are joined by Lauren Ross, the Meinig Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Philbrook Museum of Art here in Tulsa, who tells us about a group show now on exhibit at the museum, "Remainder," which will run through September 29th. "As an encyclopedic museum," says Ross on our program, "we at Philbrook are always trying to mix things up; we like to present a broad range of work for our visitors to experence." That sort of Now For Something Completely Different philosophy certainly applies to the interesting, oft-cutting-edge, and decidedly conceptual "Remainder" show, which --- as per this language from the Philbrook website --- gathers "recent work by seven young, up-and-coming female sculptors: Diana Al-Hadid, Rachel Beach, Rachel Foullon, Kate Gilmore, Heather Rowe, Erin Shirreff, and Allyson Vieira. The sculpture presented in this exhibition is primarily abstract, but pulls influence from the physical framing of space, including buildings, architectural plans and models, gardens, and even modern sculpture. Many of these references recall the recent past, with inflections of twentieth century art and design. Others elicit ancient cultures, with vaguely primeval forms. Each of these artists works with physical fragmentation and removal, conjuring a sense of loss. The exhibition title 'Remainder' is meant to evoke this idea of a residue of the past, as in architectural ruins or archaeological remains. And yet, this exhibition gives equal emphasis to regeneration and rebuilding as it does to entropy and decline. Artists take formal fragments, references to past eras, even bits of collective memory, and reassemble them into new and unique creations. The title 'Remainder' therefore might also elicit the mathematical term, in which the inability to divide numbers equally leaves a pesky balance with which to contend."