64 Arts 2015
September 1 - October 23, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, September 11th 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Frank Saliani Curatorial Statement:
There is, in the Hindu faith, the idea of Vishnu’s 64 Arts or Kalas. The 64 arts include just about every aspect of human expression: manual dexterity, crafting wooden furniture, splashing water, and hairdressing are all included in the 64 Arts.
Conspicuously missing is pottery.
This could be because potters enjoy next to no status in the caste system, or it could simply be an oversight in traditional Hindu culture. After all, mosaics are included. A broad reading of the 64 Arts might allow that pottery, arguably one of the most ancient and utilitarian forms of human expression, was intended to be included under the broader rubric of “mosaics”. On the other hand, given the level of detail devoted to delineating each specific iteration of each specific art form (spinning v. needlework v. playing with thread), one might assume not.
It is a delightful coincidence that this exhibition, which takes it’s name from The Buchanan Center for the Arts’ address at 64 Public Square, is being curated by me: a ceramic artist and potter. Still, coincidences can sometimes show us the world in a different light. Like the 64 Kalas, I have a broad definition of art. However, unlike the 64 Kalas, I feel uncomfortable with the idea proscribing any finite set of expressions and deeming them worthy of the label “Art".
And for this reason, I would much rather think of my role as that of a curator—rather than that of a juror—bringing together a collection of work that has relevance not only as a group, but to the greater culture we live in today. The works I have chosen all possess some transcendent spark or presentness that sets them apart. They possess an originality and authenticity in execution, inspiration, material, technique or subject matter. Multiple works by an individual were favored over individual works, and works of individual artists that maintained a dialogue with other works were chosen as a part of that conversation. In this way, I hope that I have assembled a group of works that speaks of our society today—neither simply good nor bad, right nor wrong, but authentic and original in voice and message.
School is back in session and the BCA has a wonderful fall class schedule lined up for you! Click on the attachment to view available classes and contact the BCA at 309-734-3033 today to register!
Travel back in time with the BCA as we host our annual Taste of the Arts fundraiser. Our theme this year is "The Great Gatsby". Join us on Saturday, November 14th, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. in our gallery. The evening will feature a lovely dinner, live and silent auctions, along with music and great wine! Tickets will be available soon - more details to follow!
September's OFTA will feature a gallery talk by Frank Saliani, ceramic artist and this year's 64 Arts juror. Join us in our gallery on Wednesday, September 9th, 10-11 a.m. to meet and listen to Frank's thoughts and selection process on creating this nationally recognized exhibition. Refreshments will be served. This program is free and open to the public.