Juror Barbara Cooper, internationally exhibited artist and School of the Art Institute professor, viewed more than 300 entries and chose works by forty-one artists from across the country to present a diverse and powerful mix of interpretations of the concept of Multiplicity.
Through painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography and digital media, artists investigate multiple frames and parts, multiple aspects of the same subject, and multiple points of view. Figurative works allude to memory, dream and personal identity. Abstract compositions suggest organic forms, cosmic landscapes and high-tech fool-the-eye puzzles.
The grid format plays an important part in many of the works in the exhibit. Artists use repetition, transformation, variations on a single theme, and simple crossing over boundary lines within joined compartments to convey the passage of time, movement through space, and the mysteries of viewing life through several shifting windows all at the same moment.
Multiplicity’s fifty pieces come together as a unified vision of individual strength, fragility, wonder, humor and inventiveness within a multi-faceted and multi-layered approach.