The Artist as Collector
Thursday, February 5, 2009 to Friday, March 6, 2009
Artwork from the collections of:
Derek Brain & Danielle Krcmar
James Hull & Donna Veverka
Joe Wardwell & Katie Fitch
Douglas Weathersby & Hilary Tolan
Brian Zink & Paula Soares
The idea for the “Artist as Collector” exhibit began over dinner with a couple of friends – all of whom were artists or married to them. We were admiring our hosts’ home and of course the artwork on view all around us. We recognized artists we knew, saw works we had forgotten about and things by friends that we never knew existed.
We shared an interest in how what we collected connected or contrasted with the work we each made. The exceptions to our assumptions and overlaps between our collections were interesting enough to support the idea of exhibiting several small collections in a single, neutral space.
Trading with other artists, collecting work from friends who are artists and living with artworks by people you know or admire is a very specific subset of collecting. What one chooses to collect becomes a portrait influenced by many factors: where we live, who we share a studio with or have worked with, what colors or styles we favor and more. The works also represent a span of time and tell a narrative outside of and in addition to the works themselves. The whole idea of it is different from a collection assembled as an investment or to demonstrate some thesis.
These collections operate differently from a visit to an artist’s or any collector’s home. It is certainly less intimate and excludes the other objects that happily interact with art in the home: chairs, wall colors, low lighting and of course residential architectural styles. That said, it offers an almost magical view of several home collections at one time, and in one space.
Our thanks to all the artists and spouses who have emptied their beautiful homes and temporarily loaned some of their beloved collections to make this exhibition possible.
List of artists included in each collection:
Jill Slosburg-Ackerman / (paula)
Tammi Jane Meehan
Susan Jane Belton
A. M. Lilly