Curated by Michael Jones & Karen Shirley, Shirley/Jones Gallery, Yellow Springs
Far, Near, Here comprises 64 works of art that have not been exhibited in the Columbus Museum of Art in more than five years. This exhibition showcases pieces in a wide range of media, including drawing, painting, prints, photographs, glass, ceramics, fiber and small-scale sculpture in bronze and stone.
While the objects included hail from diverse locations and cultures-prehistoric America, China, Japan, Korea, India, Fiji, New Guinea, and France-the bulk are American works from the modern and contemporary eras. The exhibition seeks, among other things, to show how contemporary art shares affinities with and is often informed by artifacts from foreign cultures.
"We found the process of examining items piece by piece fascinating and stimulating. We decided early on to let the exhibition comprise things that caught our eye and piqued our own curiosity," said Jones.
"We further decided to choose artifacts from non-Western cultures and to place them along side contemporary art to suggest ways in which artists today may be mining diverse sources and, as a result, even revising their own artistic philosophies," said Shirley.