During Art Basel, the Dorsch Gallery was awash in kudos for its bugged-out group-show-undermining perception. Shapeshifter boasted nearly a dozen artists whose creative sleight of hand toyed with the senses and bitch-slapped viewers into recognizing that art can be chameleonlike and paradoxical in its nature. The exhibit featured paintings, videos, sculptures, and mixed-media works that often left spectators literally scratching their noggins in disbelief. Participant artists included Jenny Brillhart, Elisabeth Condon, Robin Griffiths, Richard Haden, Michelle Hailey, m lafille, Martin Murphy, Ralph Provisero, John Sanchez, and Kyle Trowbridge. Hadens hyperrealist sculptures of detritus in painted wood captured many visitors imaginations; his weather-beaten cardboard box which seemed plucked from a dumpsite but was actually intricately sculpted from wood left a staggering impact.
This Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m., the Dorsch will ratchet up its skull-humping bravado with Shapeshiftd, a project in which the Aesthetics and Values class from the Honors College at Florida International University will respond to and subvert the Shapeshifter exhibit. The FIU class, which includes nearly 30 students, plans to transform the nature of the previous months show to underscore how the curatorial process affects the way viewers experience or think about an artwork and how change comes in many guises.
Sat., Jan. 17, 2009