Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery Presents Vlatka Horvat’s “Also Called: Backbone, Anchor, Lifeline”
Boston, MA –
The Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery (BUAG) is proud to present Vlatka Horvat’s new site-specific installation, Also Called: Backbone, Anchor, Lifeline.
Vlatka Horvat’s Also Called: Backbone, Anchor, Lifeline
Friday, November 9th – Thursday, December 20th, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 8th, 6 – 8 PM
A conversation between Vlatka Horvat and Dr. Nuit Banai, Professor of Visual and Critical Studies at
Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Date and Time: Monday, November 19th, 6:30 PM
Location: College of Fine Arts, Room 500
Exhibition and gallery events are free and open to the public
The installation takes its cue from the architecture of the gallery’s Art Deco railings, knobs, faux detailing, and decoration, as well as materials found near the Boston University campus and surrounding areas. A composition of assembled and constructed objects comprised of scaffold planks, cinderblocks, packing foam, and other reclaimed materials populate the gallery, creating a network of passages, barriers and spatial configurations.
“These industrial-looking assemblages solicit the viewer’s attention,” says Kate McNamara, Director and Chief Curator of Boston University Art Gallery. “Offering precarious articulations of function or lack thereof, they suggest both a velocity and a heaviness in movement and interaction. However, in many cases, their ability to operate only goes so far.”
Horvat challenges notions of stability and expectation through a visual systematic inquiry of the fallibility and possibility of associated behavior. Along the walls and throughout the pathways are locally sourced and found objects, whose weight is felt in their distressed and castoff appearance, as well as placement.
A reoccurring theme in Horvat’s work is the relationship between the human body and the constructed environment. Questions concerning how a body occupies and navigates space within Horvat’s work are suggestive of her background and training in performance. Her practice often engages site-specificity, performance, installation, photography, and collage.
Lexicon of Spatial Dysfunction
In conjunction with the exhibition, the BUAG will publish a Lexicon of Spatial Dysfunction. The Lexicon will, as the artist herself explains, consist of “terms and images exploring dysfunction spatial relations between objects, bodies, structures, surfaces.” Horvat solicited a community of artists for images, texts, and drawings related to the theme of spatial dysfunction. Interspersed between these contributions, Horvat will include a spread drawn for her notes on special relations and her reactions to work received by other artists. The artist plans future volumes of the Lexicon to accompany other projects.
About Vlatka Horvat
Born in 1974 in Croatia, Vlatka Horvat lives and works in London, UK. She received her BA in theater from Columbia College in Chicago, IL, in 1996, and her MA in performance in 1997 from Northwestern University. She has a PhD from Roehampton University in London, UK (received in 2009.) Her recent grants and awards include the Rema Hor Mann foundation visual art grant award, New York, NY, in 2010, and the Residence at Outpost for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, in 2008.
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Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission. The Boston University College of Fine Arts was created in 1954 to bring together the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts. The University’s vision was to create a community of artists in a conservatory-style school offering professional training in the arts to both undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students. Since those early days, education at the College of Fine Arts has begun on the BU campus and extended into the city of Boston, a rich center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.
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