Tuesday, September 26, 2017

STUDENT PICKS | Psychic Playgrounds: Reshaping Reality


Kim Taedong. Korean, born 1978. #018 (Boy standing near concentric circles) from the Day Break Series, 2011. Digital pigment print. Image courtesy of the artist. Purchased with the Jane Chace Carroll, class of 1953 and Eliot Chace Nolen, class of 1954 fund.

For me, creating this “Psychic Playground” is a self-revealing process. The whole show was led by a vague feeling of weirdness that exists in the reality and an idea of distorted space.

How do representations of daily life enact possibilities in other dimensions? What did I want these everyday spaces to be? How can these spaces be distorted under humans’ cerebral manipulation? In other words, through these pieces, I tried to reveal sites of reinvention: moments when reality is recreated in the artist’s perception and when unreal objects begin to interact with everyday events. There are many elements coexisting in this show: chaos, fantasy, ambiguity, encounter, illusion, augmented reality and so on. Sometimes those pieces communicate with one another, but sometimes they can stand alone and speak to something extraordinary in daily life. This is a psychic playground for you to discover an unexpected reality. 

Laurie Simmons. American, born 1949. Study for Long House (Bedroom with Mirror). 2002.Cibachrome mounted on plexiglass. Smith College Museum of Art.
Purchased with gifts from Laura Resnic Brounstein, class of 1984, and the John W. Cavanaugh Family Foundation (Lisa Cavanaugh, class of 1978)

Student Picks is now part of SCMA's new Thursday Late Nights programming. September's show will be accompanied by a mocktail party and student preview of the special exhibition "A Dangerous Woman: The Art of Honoré Sharrer." Though the Sharrer program begins at 6 pm and is for Smithies exclusively, Student Picks will be open to the public from 4 pm to 8 pm in the Cunningham Center for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs.