Gina Hunt and Kate McQuillen: Undiscoverable Country
@ Riverside Arts Center Freeark Gallery + Sculpture Garden
32 E Quincy St, Riverside, IL 60546
Opening Sunday, February 24th, from 3PM - 6PM
On view through Saturday, March 30th
Please join us on Sunday, February 24 from 3-6pm for the opening of “Undiscoverable Country,” works by Gina Hunt and Kate McQuillen, guest curated by Robert Burnier. Also opening simultaneously is Lynn Basa’s “Nomads,” a new installation for RAC’s outdoor sculpture garden.
About Undiscoverable Country:
Out of virtually limitless nature, our concepts might be considered as attempts to bring order to chaos, to bring desire within reach. But as they grow and multiply, they become a new, mysterious forest, an ever expanding, perpetually untraversed land; an undiscoverable country. We look upon these synthetic landscapes, and wonder if we can ever know them, whether reconciliation with unknowing could be itself a kind of knowledge.
The works in this exhibition share a tension between precision and openness. Each of them goes to great lengths to create their manifestations and phenomena, and yet each finds itself at the precipice of a new level of uncertainty or a threshold between feeling and fact. Even as they succeed brilliantly in what they set out to do, they reveal something else about ourselves as viewers, about our notions as thinkers, that we may find harder to define. The works prompt us not to consider the usual breaking of boundaries that art commonly proclaims, but perhaps to consider what a boundary really consists of. –Robert Burnier, Guest Curator
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