In Response Stamp Gallery University of Maryland College Park, Maryland
For this site-specific exhibition, artists Julie Benoit, Leah Cooper, Nicole Herbert, and Elena Volkova approached our stripped down gallery and its immediate surroundings in a way that questions how we construct and experience space. Shadows, lines, reflections, and architectural features culminate to form an impression of a place as we inhabit it but rarely do we deconstruct it piece by piece.
Much like a film still, these works encourage us to stop and dissect our everyday experiences, and push us to consider the details that we would have otherwise overlooked. These works require us to acutely engage our sensory perceptions; an exercise that need not end once we exit the gallery and reemerge into the “real world.” There the only difference is that the ‘works of art’ created by our surroundings do not have formal titles.