Exhibit Provides a Timely Opportunity that Challenges Observers to Explore the Different Ways Symbols, Imagery and Words are Interpreted
The Bristol Art Museum today announced an opportunity to meet the artists of its current exhibition, Shift, a collection of work by local and regional artists that uncovers the many ways that we all create associations and arbitrary meaning to symbols, imagery, and words. The event will take place on the last day to view the exhibit, Sunday, September 11 from 2 to 4 p.m.
The artists who will attend the event and speak about the inspiration and influence of their pieces include Boris Bally, Brett Day Windham, Kate Gilbert, Lois Harada, Matthew Kemp, Thomas Spencer Ladd, Scott Lapham, Lisa Lowenstein, JP Terlizzi, and William Van Beckum,
“We often assume that objects and images have a fixed meaning, the artwork in this exhibit challenges this notion,” said Exhibition Curator Mary Dondero. “Visitors are prompted to reconsider the meaning or value of common objects; for instance, if a handgun is encrusted with mussel shells how does that change this symbol of power? Also included are works that could shift our opinions about commonly held beliefs, which in turn could create cultural change. We are grateful to the artists whose work comprises Shift for agreeing to share with our members and visitors the inspiration for their work.”
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