Curiosities: a fast & dirty project. 5 Curators, 5 Dressers, 20 Artists, 1 Moving Van

June 1- June 3, 2012

Curiosities: a fast & dirty project was an exhibition about the politics of furniture.

The project was a collaboration between five Edmonton curators: Jennifer Rae Forsyth, Robert Harpin, Kristen Hutchinson, Carolyn Jervis, and Kyla Tichkowsky and twenty artists. Each curator chose a chest of drawers to accommodate artworks based on five themes: intimacy, line, collections, landscape, and family. Each artist was given a single drawer from one of these dressers to create a site-specific artwork. The project asks artists and viewers to think about each dresser as a cabinet of curiosities and to consider each drawer as a small laboratory for investigation and experimentation.

Drawers are intensely private spaces; they contain everything from the most precious, personal objects to everyday detritus that we just haven’t gotten around to getting rid of. After all, who knows what’s really hidden underneath that neatly folded sweater?

Curiosities was exhibited in a moving van in three different locations in Edmonton.

Artists who participated in the show:
Matt Arrigo, Jeff Bai, Marnie Blair, Blair Brennan, Raylene Campbell, Sherri Chaba, Olivia Chow, Jennifer Rae Forsyth, Robert Harpin, Nickelas Johnson, Kristen Hutchinson, Adriean Koleric, Sydney Lancaster, Dawn Saunders Dahl, Sergio Serrano, Tyler Sherard, Alex Stewart, Claire Uhlick, and Ryan Wolters

Images of the exhibition: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.350159725052890.78015.14559842...

Press reviews: http://vueweekly.com/arts/story/curiosities/

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/entertainment/Cabinet+curiosities+create+...