Spring 2016 Invitational

"On Exactitude in Science"
January 28–March 6, 2016
Mrs. E. Ross Anderson Auditorium + Barbara and Steven Grossman Gallery

Opening Reception: January 28, 2016, 5–7 pm

To stand in a room, on a street corner, in a city plaza, or studio, is to be surrounded by physical walls and floors that are themselves a multitude of materials and textures. The rough surface of a road, a smooth plaster wall, and regular indentations of a metal door all converge to frame what we broadly consider a room, a building, or a city, and the stories that fill them all.

How can an image or object represent the characteristics of a place?

Organized by Dina Deitsch, this exhibition presents four artists—Jennifer Bornstein, Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Jumana Manna, and Elizabeth McAlpine—who address questions of representation through tactile approaches to surface in image and object making. Their interactions with the outermost layers, the very skin of architecture, are a means to affirm presence and possibility.

Through analog techniques of rubbing, cutting, casting, and even psychic reading the four artists featured in "On Exactitude in Science" use models pulled from historical photography and archeology to directly engage the surfaces of physical spaces in their processes. They complicate the notion of an all-totalizing image of a site—whether a street, studio, or gallery—in favor of a direct capture of the myriad of details that coalesce to form a given location and its underlying narrative. In doing so, they create a form of indexical representation that is grounded in material and experience, favoring touch over vision, and the detailed fragment over the completed image.

For more information, visit smfa.edu/exactitude-science.

Admission to the gallery and related events is free.
Gallery Hours:
Monday–Saturday: 10 am–5 pm
Wednesday: 10 am–8 pm
Closed Sundays and holidays

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Related Events

February 2, 2016, 6:30 pm
Jennifer Bornstein: Artist Talk
Anderson Auditorium

Tuesdays starting February 2, 2016, 5:30 pm
Re-Reading Group: "On Exactitude in Science"
Grossman Gallery

Rescheduled: February 23, 2016, 8:30–10:30 am
Breakfast Walking Tour with Dina Deitsch
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have rescheduled Dina Deitsch's breakfast walkthrough of her exhibition "On Exactitude in Science." Looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday, February 23.
Grossman Gallery

March 5, 2016, 1 pm
Aslı Çavuşoğlu: Words Dash Against the Façade
Performance begins in front of the SMFA
Space limited. RSVP »