June 14–August 29, 2004
Refigured brings together for the first time works by six Massachusetts
artists to examine nontraditional representation of the human. Todd McKie, Jo
Sandman, Andrew Tavarelli, Joseph Wheelwright, Heidi Whitman, and Leslie Wilcox
each invents a different visual language, employing various media, to “refigure”
the complexity of the human condition. Following in the footsteps of early Modern
artists, like Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, and Jean Dubuffet, who were inspired
by non-Western tribal art, children’s art, and the art of the insane,
each uses the image of the human form as a springboard for exploration into
human experience. Tavarelli, Wilcox, and Sandman portray themes of mortality
and physical vulnerability; McKie, Wheelwright, and Wilcox incorporate humor
and word play into their titles and imagery; and Sandman, Wheelwright, and McKie
present correlations between human likeness and natural forms. An illustrated
catalogue, with essays by principal curator, Alston Conley and co-curators,
Naomi Blumberg and Katherine Nahum, accompanies this exhibition.
Organized by the McMullen Museum, this exhibition has been underwritten by Boston College with major support from the Patrons of the McMullen Museum of Art.