Manifesting Home opens in the north gallery on July 14, 6-9 PM. This exhibit explores how we as humans literally build the world around us in order to survive and thrive. Sculptural in nature, the exhibit confronts viewers with a variety of materials and forms, from whimsical implements made of iron and wood to small scale environments fashioned from the detritus of daily life: toy models, paint, and dirt. Conceptually, the exhibit plays on ideas of place, environment, scale, process, narrative, and self-awareness. The works in the exhibit are easily accessible by young and old alike, and appeal strongest to those who love stories, the pursuit of making, and reveling in imagination.
One of the most basic human impulses is to build- to alter our environment to suit our need. We don’t have fur or claws or protective hides. To survive we MUST adapt our environment to suit our needs to a certain degree, through building shelter and making tools. Just as domesticated dogs will still dig holes for dens, we instinctively alter our surroundings. It is no coincidence that kids everywhere build forts.
But we live in a time and place that demands so very little of this. We can live in a house built by others, wearing clothes that others have made, and eating food grown by others. We are able to completely cut ourselves off from this basic human function that our ancestors knew to be as inherently human as breathing.
I love the comforts that define our modern world, but often I feel lost amidst them. So I make things. Sometimes I make things that are directly useful, like furniture or clothing. Other times I make things that are indirectly useful, like the artwork in this exhibition. Their function is to remind people that we built our place in this world- to be human is to shape our surroundings.
I make things in a way that are direct, that allow a viewer to participate in the making, to see the steps and processes, and witness raw material transcend its origin. Tinkering, tweaking, bending, breaking, gluing, wrapping, pounding, shaving, squeezing, crimping, painting. Getting it wrong so I can get it right. Manifesting.
Most things I make are obviously delicate, and require some care. I want us to be tender in the way we live, to treat each other tenderly, to treat our home (environment) tenderly. So I make things that are somewhat fragile, that force me to bring that tenderness and attention to the object. In this way the making process is a meditative one that, I hope, influences the way in which I live my life. I hope you feel invited to bring more of that into your own life.
During open gallery hours, visitors are encouraged to add to an interactive installation by building their own environment out of the provided materials. In addition, every Friday while this exhibit is on view, exhibiting artist Doug Sink will visit the gallery to add to the installation and discuss his work with guests. Dates for Interactive Installation and Discussion are as follows:
Fridays, 1 – 2:30 PM
Doug Sink lives and works in Fort Collins, CO. By day, he works with students at Colorado State University to manage the Lory Student Center Arts Program and bring artists to the Curfman and Duhesa Galleries. By night and weekend, he is a compulsive maker of art, furniture, toys, and other fun objects. He is lucky to share his adventures with his wonderfully supportive wife, Elizabeth, and his two curious children and studio mates, Tessa and Finn.