Buffalo, New York
"Every context has its frames and its ideological overtones."
- Richard Serra
Working loosely in the spirit of the ethnographer, we study and respond to different aspects of cultural phenomena through diverse approaches. “Context Contingent” is a selection of work from 7 artists working in a variety of materials and formats. The participating artists question their relationship to context and consider their work as contingent upon these relationships. Our work seeks to demystify and revel in our familiar, lived environments, while simultaneously framing and fracturing the ideological underpinnings.
The ethical nature of intersubjectivity as it relates to larger issues of politics and culture is a slippery slope. Our intention is to articulate various ways of responding and relating to context, bringing the circumstances and conditions that surround us to the foreground. We ask the viewer to consider their own relationship to context, how these circumstances reflect who they are, and to question the fluidity and changeability of these contextual factors. Using a variety of media and approaches, we each scrutinize how the individual relates to their environment and others. Personal, physical, and formal boundaries are questioned and pushed through these artistic inquiries.
The artists included in the show include Erin Barach (Baltimore, MD), Laura Borneman (Buffalo, NY), Nicole Herbert (Harrisburg, PA), Ashley Lathe (Charlotte, NC), Joy Moore (Houston, TX), Nikki Moser (Scranton, PA)and Miguel Navarro (Los Angeles, CA).