/ by John McGurk

Check out the latest exhibition here: Current Show.

Featuring the work of: Andrew Moon Bain, Chris Ballantyne, Brandon Friend, Kim Holleman, Patricia Smith, Gillian Stoneburner and Ross Racine.

From the press release:

The etymology, or root of the word utopia is a good place to start contemplating the Aipotu: Visions exhibition and the artists represented.  The word Utopia comes from the Greek: ο ("not") and τόπος ("place") and translates literally as “no place”.  Essentially, it suggests that the perfect place can be found no place.  On the other hand, beauty can be found in pursuing such a place through the artistic spirit and its many manifestations.  Most importantly, artists unique visions of what utopia may be like, whether real or imaginary, can change the world.

As a result, utopia is a strong current of thought and a great source of inspiration for many artists over the ages.  From the stark modernist pursuits of the Bauhaus school to the idealistic endeavors of the artists of Black Mountain College and into our own time with the dystopian chaos in the work of Ryan Trecartin, the ideas embodied by utopian thinking have been consistently pursued by artists of each era. Neither totally utopian nor dystopian, the artists in this exhibition hold a place much more elusive in their meaning and intention.