A Different Kind of Now

Filed in Current Exhibitions, Exhibitions, Upcoming Exhibitions by on August 7, 2020
About the juror –

Douglas Culhane is a visual artist and writer who works in drawing, sculpture, poetry, and hybrid forms. His work has appeared in the Colorado Review, Viz. Inter-Arts (UC Santa Cruz), Broadsided Press, and in galleries and alternative spaces nationally.  He recently exhibited his installation “Ghost House” at the Chesterwood Historic Trust in Stockbridge, MA. He is the recipient of awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, MacDowell, Yaddo, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.  He holds a BA from Colgate University and an MA from the University of Iowa.  He teaches drawing, image, and text and sculpture at Amherst College.

Focus Online: A Different Kind of Now
Exhibition Dates: September 24 – October 31, 2020

Fern Apfel
Lila Bacon
Lucille Colin
Maxine Davidowitz
Gina Dominique Hersey
Ginny Howsam Friedman
Mary Katz
Ekaterina Khromin
Carmen Li
Harriet Livathinos
Jerry Michalak
Susan Phillips
Betsey Regan
Amy Silberkleit
Joyce Washor
Crystal Yang

Juror: Douglas Culhane; visual artist, writer, and professor at Amherst College.

2020 has already been cemented in history as a year of unprecedented change. The effects of current events on individual artists are vast and already we see memorable works being created which will be inexorably linked to these specific moments in time.  As our lives have been upended in ways both large and small, we have all been challenged to reevaluate and evolve. We have also been challenged to find beauty and hope in different forms. A Different Kind of Now, WAAM’s first Online Focus Exhibition, examines the ways in which recent changes are expressed and possibly implemented, through the creative voice. We invited artists to submit work that speaks to their individual interpretations of recent circumstances, but also gesture toward a vision of what comes next. 

“Suddenly our lives were changed. Perhaps not all at once, but eventually everyone had to respond to the new reality. Most significantly it involved quarantine, lockdown, isolation. Faced with the urgency of keeping ourselves apart from others, we have adapted with new routines and habits, new ways of working, and socializing; and we have had to adjust our inner lives to the feelings of dread, grief, and anxiety that have pushed to the forefront of our psyches.

Art is good for this. In creating work we continue. It allows us to look at the many new pressures and difficulties, live with them, and sometimes get a glimpse of a world bigger than this current catastrophe. 

In reviewing the work for this show I was taken with the many responses individuals have had to this common experience. Some of the approaches that I am seeing include the creation of worlds away from this one, expression of complicated emotional realities, meditations on personal and collective history, and a deep examination of our suddenly smaller day-to-day environments. 

When things change again, the artwork made during this difficult, disturbing and profoundly strange period may allow us to remember what we felt, how we lived, and what these days and months were really like. 

I am grateful to the many artists who submitted work, and to the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum for the opportunity to be part of this exhibition.”

– Douglas Culhane, September 2020


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