|Burlington, VT (March 22, 2018): Burlington City Arts announces two new exhibitions at The BCA Center on Church Street Vox Populi and From Across the Distance: Select Video Works from the Barjeel Art Foundation. The public Opening Reception at The BCA Center will be held Friday, April 13 from 6-8 p.m.|
Vox Populi and From Across the Distance are on exhibit from April 13 through June 10, 2018
Featuring the work of six Vermont-based artists, Vox Populi explores the recent resurgence of portraiture within contemporary art. Vox Populi (or the people’s voice) poses the questions “How can we embody the mood of a nation? And how can we reflect on the state of American culture through portraiture?” The exhibition aims to capture and reflect the inner psyche of both artist and viewer through a selection of contemporary portraits created over the past three years.
Misoo Filan, The Giant Asian Girls #4, 2017, 36” x 48”, acrylic paint and collage on panel, Courtesy of the Artist
Moving beyond mere representation; the current trend in evocative portraiture questions, probes, and evokes larger ideas of identity and culture, sometimes even discord. Whether realized in current events, or reflected in the swell of populism that informs much of today’s sentiment both nationally and internationally, people – their beliefs, opinions, and rhetoric – have become polarized, and their differences pronounced. Despite their divergent backgrounds, perspectives, and voices, the artists in Vox Populi create work that inspires and reminds us of a single uncontestable truth: the commonality of our shared image. Vox Populi features paintings and sculpture from six artists: Catherine Hall, Misoo Filan, Harlan Mack, Nathaniel Moody, Ross Sheehan, and Susan Wilson.
The exhibition is curated by Heather Ferrell, BCA Curator and Director of Exhibitions, who states, “Vox Populi embraces two cherished traditions in American culture, portraiture, and plurality. Capitalizing on the dynamic power of portraiture as an expression of identity, Vox Populi invites viewers to discover multiple perspectives and voices while reconnecting with one another through the personal image."
Adel Abidin, Memorial, 2009, single-channel video, Image courtesy of Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah
From Across the Distance: Select Video Works from the Barjeel Art Foundation provides a glimpse into thought-provoking artistic practices of the Arab world and features the work of London-based Palestinian artist Larissa Sansour, Iraqi-Finnish artist Adel Abidin, and Jordanian-born artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan. These artists share portraits of urban capitals imagined during a past, present, or future moment of political and social instability. Although rooted in distinct local histories and contemporary political landscapes, the three videos speak to broader global concerns of collectivity, censorship, and community building.
From Across the Distance: Select Video Works from the Barjeel Art Foundation is guest curated by Dr. Sarah Rogers and features contemporary video works from the Barjeel Art Foundation, an independent collecting philanthropic institution based in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, established by Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi in 2010 to manage, preserve, and exhibit an extensive collection of modern and contemporary Arab art.
BCA Exhibitions are funded in part by a grant from the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Farrell Distributing and Sugar Snap Catering are proud sponsors of BCA Center exhibitions and events.