Curious Matter presents with great pleasure, Tabula Rasa, a group exhibition curated by Aimée Burg. As an artist, Ms. Burg explores constrained, personal environments. As curator she has chosen to examine another intimate setting–the tabletop. The arranging plane of the table and the vast array of people and accoutrements that are its inhabitants have been reinterpreted for this exhibition as a pedestal, a stage, or the Tabula Rasa, the erased tablet where all is possible. The works assembled survey public and private relationships, etiquette, ritual, and compel us to ponder more deeply and see beyond what we might already expect. The exhibition is part of the Curious Matter guest curatorial program.
EXHIBITION DATES: August 19 – September 16, 2012 Curious Matter, 272 Fifth Street, Jersey City, NJ Regular hours: Sundays noon to 3pm and by appointment More Info: [t] 201-659-5771 [w] www.curiousmatter.org • www.facebook.com/Curious Matter • [e] [email protected]
“Tabula Rasa is a group show of work discussing/showing the idea of the table and the discourses we have with this object and space. It is not only a matter of what a table is but also what takes place at or on a table. Our language appreciates the literal and metaphorical potential of this everyday object: when we are open to possibilities, we say All ideas are on the table. These interactions–from a romantic dinner for two to a large board meeting–span every class and social space. This show’s focus on the table examines these crucial instants and decisions.” –Aimée Burg, curator The complete essay is online at www.curiousmatter.org
THE ARTISTS: Sam Anderson, Lorraine Dauw, Frank De Léon-Jones, Tamar Ettun, Shanti Grumbine, Nate Heiges, Steven Paneccasio, Mónika Sziládi, Catherine Telford-Keogh
AIMEE BURG is an artist and curator. Explorations of confined spaces, safety and the creation of interactive and participatory art objects are a significant aspect of her body of work. She attended Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art in France, Pratt Institute (BFA Sculpture) and Yale School of Art (MFA Sculpture.) She currently divides her time between New Haven, Connecticut and Brooklyn, New York.
CURIOUS MATTER is an exhibition venue for contemporary visual art located in downtown Jersey City, NJ. Curious Matter exhibitions and publications evidence the pursuit to understand and articulate our individual and collective experience of the world, real or imagined. We examine fantastic notions, confounding ideas and audacious thoughts. Curious Matter strives to foster dialogue among artists at all career stages with a calendar of regular exhibitions. Our commitment extends to our audience as we endeavor to open a door to appreciating contemporary art in an atmosphere that encourages engagement and curiosity.