Exhibition: The Treachery of Objects


A rose by any other name is still a rose…unless it’s a pipe. While Shakespeare implied that the name of a thing does not affect what it really is, René Magritte knew that context is important to identify the meaning of an object. With his 1929 painting The Treachery of Images (Ceci n’est pas une pipe), he pointed out that, in fact, you can’t smoke a painting. It is just a representation. And while you can never smoke it, you can get the joke. The Treachery of Objects brings together eight artists working in a variety of mediums tied tenuously together by the material of clay. In each work in the exhibition, clay, with its mythic alchemical powers, holds the potential for both energy and action.

 

Artists include Brian Bress, William Cobbing, Jennifer Ling-Datchuk, Julia Haft-Candell, Brian R. Jones, Kristen Morgin, Michael Jones McKean and Thomas Müller. Curated by Margaret Meehan