Visual art: ‘Migration’ in art – and more
Courtesy of Helen Day Art Center “Migrant” by Judith Quax
Helen Day Art Center presents “Migration,” an international exhibition on human migration, with accompanying public events based on Vermont issues Sept. 21 to Nov. 25. Works of Denis Versweyveld an Austin Furtak-Cole will be exhibited Sept. 21 to Oct. 28.
“Migration” is both political and humanizing in its approach to the subject of human migration. Through the perspective of artists and writers, the exhibit addresses topics of immigration, emigration, migrant workers, new Americans (refugees), and visa holders. These personal narratives describe physical and cultural dislocation and assimilation, the act of moving, and migration’s socio-political complexities through contemporary and historical lenses.
This exhibition pulls together artists from Switzerland, Greece, the Netherlands, Italy, and across the United States. Internationally renowned artists, such as Chantal Akerman, Adrian Paci, Adamantios Kafetzis, Judith Quax and Hung Liu discuss the political implications of migration happening in different locations across the world, while regional artists like Esperanza Cortes, Ian Deleon & Kara Stokowski, Ira Eduardovna, and Yu-Wen Wu respond to personal experiences.
Helen Day Art Center’s two-person exhibition highlights the white statuesque sculpture of Versweyveld surrounded by the soft muted palette of process-based abstract paintings by Furtak-Cole. A public reception for the artists will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21.
Furtak-Cole produces paintings that perpetually feel like they are in a state of movement — the process of painting evident and prominent. While beginning with a reference to the body, they then become obscured to the point of non-recognition, sometimes evolving to reveal parts of the figure again.
Versweyveld creates slender elegant sculptures almost entirely in white, evoking a memorial to the quotidian. Everyday objects sit atop obelisks more as an offering or celebration than a commemoration. Inspired by monuments and memorials, Versweyveld directs us to honor or at least recognize the importance of the everyday — goose eggs, pitchers, bowls, homes.
Helen Day Art Center
The Helen Day Art Center presents “Migration,” Sept. 21-Nov. 25, an international exhibition of human migration, and “Denis Versweyveld & Austin Furtak-Cole,” Sept. 21-Oct. 28, paintings and sculpture, at its galleries, 90 Pond St. in Stowe. Hours are: noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday; call 253-8358, or go online to www.helenday.com. Public events:
Friday, Sept. 21: opening reception for Austin Furtak-Cole & Denis Versweyveld, 6 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 27: “A Sense of Home: Migrants and Migration in Vermont,” panel discussion with Pablo Bose, Susannah McCandless, Teresa Mares, and Alisha Laramee, 6 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 18: Film screening, 6 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 25: Artist talk by Austin Furtak-Cole, 6 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 1: “Immigration: Stories from Vermont Migrants,” reading event, 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22: Film screening and performance by artists Ian Deleon and Kara Stokowski, 6 p.m.
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