Organized for University of Richmond Museums (scroll down for independently curated projects)
Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi first used the term “flow” in 1975 to describe “being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz.” Accordingly, this experience of single-minded immersion in an activity that is continuously challenging and rewarding is the secret to a vigorous and satisfying life. Also referred to as “being in the zone,” this state of flow is the launching point for this exhibition and online catalogue, which present a variety of media involving kinetic forms, non-static content generation, visitor interaction, and collective states of being. Twenty-four works of art by twenty-one artists of national and international origin explore a range of definitions and applications of the word “flow,” from dynamism and movement to ideas and communication.
Artists include Marco Breuer (German, born 1966), Daniel Canogar (Spanish, born 1964), Jenova Chen (Chinese, born 1981) and thatgamecompany, U-Ram Choe (Korean, born 1970), Michael Flynn (American, born 1967), Jonathan Harris (American, born 1979) and Sep Kamvar (Persian-American, born 1977), Hint.fm: Fernanda Viégas (Brazilian, born 1971) and Martin Wattenberg (American, born 1970), Aaron Koblin (American, born 1982), Lena Lapschina (Austrian, born in Russia, 1965), Golan Levin (American, born 1973), Marco Maggi (Uruguayan, born 1957) and Ken Solomon (American, born 1971), Shinichi Maruyama (Japanese, born 1968), Marilyn Minter (American, born 1948), Semiconductor: Ruth Jarman (British, born 1973) and Joe Gerhardt (British, born 1972), Hiroshi Senju (Japanese, born 1958), Katy Stone (American, born 1969), and Zimoun (Swiss, born 1977).
Featured a selection of 72 works created between 1960 and 2011, the exhibition highlights modern and contemporary art that either includes text or refers to textual elements. Some of the artists included in the exhibition are Alice Aycock (American, born 1946), Trisha Brown (American, born 1936), Jasper Johns (American, born 1930), Sol LeWitt (American, 1928-2007), Ed Ruscha (American, born 1937), and Cy Twombly (American, 1928-2011). The art featured in the exhibition is from the collection of Sally and Wynn Kramarsky. Curated by Schlatter with Rachel Nackman, Curator, The Kramarsky Collection. Accompanied by an online catalogue that features essays as well as images of all works in the exhibition, installation images, video and transcript of an interview between Schlatter and the collector, Wynn Kramarsky, and audio clips from several of the artists discussing their work.
- on view at Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, New Jersey (Sept. 4, 2012 to Jan. 6, 2013)
- on view at Hafnarborg/The Hafnarborg | The Hafnarfjörður Centre of Culture and Fine Art, Iceland (May 18 to June 23, 2013)
- on view at UB Anderson Gallery, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (coming in January 2014)
Surface Tension: Pattern, Texture, and Rhythm in Art from the Collection (March 20 to October 3, 2010)
The exhibition features art in which pattern, texture, and rhythm are the primary elements that generate energy and visual movement as well as emotional and aesthetic content. These selected paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and textiles are from the permanent collection of the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art and Print Study Center.
Featured work by four contemporary artists, Steve DiBenedetto, Angela Dufresne, Hanneline Røgeberg, and Erling Sjovold, who explore multiple narratives through images and materiality.
Peace Warriors and Solitudes: Recent Photographs by Carl Chiarenza (July 15 to October 5, 2008, traveled, catalogue)
As one of the preeminent photographers of the 20th and 21st centuries, Chiarenza (American, born 1935) has influenced not only the practice of art but also the study and promotion of photography inside academia and beyond. This exhibition featured photographs from two recent series of abstract works, inspired in part by the artist's reactions to the war in Iraq.
Eating Wonderland: Recent Works by Sue Johnson (February 8 to June 15, 2008)
In her latest artwork, contemporary Maryland artist Sue Johnson (American, born 1957) addresses themes of food, consumption, marketing, and mass production in her ceramic castings of dinnerware and popular foodstuffs. Download the brochure here. Click here for review in Art Papers and here for a review in the Washington Post.
Open-Ended: Festival of Time-Based Media (February 28-March 1, 2008)
Co-curated with Jeremy Drummond, Asst. Professor of Art, Department of Art & Art History, University of Richmond. Hybridity, identity, and the New Cosmopolitanism--these three "open-ended" concepts informed the basis of the curatorial choices for this festival, which was part of a larger, university-wide program in the arts exploring these themes. Among the featured artists were Grace Ndiritu, Ryan Trecartin, Martin Brand, Semiconductor, John Smith, Shelly Silver, Steve Reinke, Sonali Gulati, and Coco Fusco. Click here to download an excerpt from the festival program. For the full program, see this website.
Leaded: the Materiality and Metamorphosis of Graphite (August 23 to September 30, 2007, traveled via International Arts & Artists)
Featured more than forty contemporary artworks by seventeen international artists who utilize the physical nature and visual characteristics of graphite and pencils as content in their two- and three-dimensional work. Download the exhibition brochure here. Click here to download a review in Art Papers.
Mattering: Recent Work by Fiona Ross (September 21, 2005 to February 12, 2006)
This exhibition featured ceramics and drawings by Fiona Ross, adjunct assistant professor of art, Department of Art and Art History, University of Richmond. Made from powdered minerals, clays, and refractory concrete, the artist's sculptures convey the role of matter as subject in her artwork. Her drawings explore the tension between ink and paper to suggest patterns found in nature as well as in human constructions
Roots of Creativity: Landscapes by Hans Friedrich Grohs (September 21 to December 11, 2005)
Throughout his life, German artist Hans Friedrich Grohs (1892-1981) found inspiration, solace, and spirituality in the landscape, from his birthplace in the coastal province of Dithmarschen, Germany, to the majestic Italian Alps, to the Arctic islands of Lofoten in northern Norway. This exhibition of more than 35 drawings and watercolors from the 1960s reveals the artist's personal response to nature that grew from his early training at the Bauhaus into his primary subject matter towards the end of his career. The works in the exhibition were selected from the permanent collection of the Joel and Lila Harnett Print Study Center, University of Richmond Museums, and from the Frauken Grohs-Collinson-Grohs Collection Trust. Click here to download the brochure.
Structures of Nature: Photographs by Andreas Feininger (August 21, 2002, to May 18, 2003, traveled via International Arts & Artists, catalogue)
This three-part presented more than ninety black-and-white and color photographs by photographer Andreas Feininger (American, 1906-1999). Born in Paris and raised in Germany, Feininger was influenced by the Bauhaus, where his father, artist Lyonel Feininger, taught prior to World War II. By the 1920s, the younger Feininger had already established several stylistic traits in his photographic work, such as monumentalized subject matter and emphasis on line. His nature photographs tend to reveal patterns in animal and plant forms as found in the backbones of a snake or veins in a leaf.
Land, Sea & Air: Works by Andrea V. Uravitch (Feburary 17 to July 1, 2001)
For this installation, Uravitch utilized the twenty-foot length of one of the museum’s permanent collection glass cases to simulate an enormous “aquarium” holding approximately fifty of her fish sculptures. A mixture of salt and fresh water fish, the mixed-media works include catfish, salmon, smelt, trout, red snapper, and even goldfish, all ranging in size from six to twenty-six inches long. Her one-person exhibition also included other non-domesticated species such as insects, wild boars, lizards, and crows — animals that, along with fish, live in the realms of land, sea, and air. Some of the creatures are life-size whereas others, such as the fruit flies are much larger, thus allowing for the artist and viewer to be engaged in the details and patterns found in these natural forms. Click here to download the brochure.
Independently Curated Exhibitions
- Washington Project for the Arts Annual Art Auction, 2010, one of eight curators, including Ken Ashton, Kristen Hileman, Carol K. Huh, Joanna Marsh, Jock Reynolds, Charles Ritchie, and Mera Rubell
- Claire Watkins: Recent Work (January 2 to February 15, 2009), for Riverviews Artspace, Lynchburg, VA
- Plane Text (June 1 to July 28, 2007), for 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA (catalogue) Co-curated with Erling Sjovold, Assoc. Professor of Art, University of Richmond. Exhibition featured contemporary work that explores the relationship between text and form. Artists included William Bell, Kell Alexander Black, Philip Brou, Hsin-Hsi Chen, Brigham Dimick, Suzanna Fields, Ron Johnson, Christopher Lesnewski, Martha MacLeish, Jim Mullen, Ben Pranger, Ann Rentschler, Claire Watkins, and Shannon Young. Click here to download the exhibition catalogue. Click here for a review the the Richmond Times Dispatch.
- Thick and Thin (March 20 to May 14, 2005) for Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center, VA: Exhibition featured six artists from MD/DC/VA who utilize a variety of approaches to abstract painting. Artists included Bernhard Hildebrandt, Joanne Kent, Sandi Ritchie Miller, June Shadoan, Mary Shand, and Diane Szczepaniak. Download the handout here. Click here to read a review in Art Papers and here for a review in Style Weekly.
- Collected Evidence (Jan. 3 to Feb. 2, 2003) for Artspace, Richmond, VA: Exhibition featured six artists from MD/VA who addressed issues of collecting in their work. Artists included: Jennifer Blazina, Johnson Bowles, Caryl Burtner, Susan Eder, John Luhr, and Richard Roth.
- Radically Old/Radically New: Contemporary Narrative Painting, (summer 2002), for School 33, Baltimore, MD, summer, 2002: Co-curated with Meredith Malone, Assoc. Curator, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. Exhibition featured nine painters from DC/MD whose work has narrative elements. The artists included Lynn Flanagan Bowers, Lisa Montag Brotman, Kathryn Freeman, Carol Miller Frost, Fred Folsom, Elyse Harrison, Susan Main, Erik Sandberg, and Colin Treado. Click to read the exhibition brochure or a review in the Baltimore Citypaper.
FUZZY (March-April 1999), for Washington Project for the Arts/Corcoran: A multi-media art exhibition that explored various aspects of fuzziness, including vision, sound, memory, identity, and fuzzy logic. Featured artists Richard Chartier, Derrick De Borja, Aylene Fallah, Kate Farrall, Crisley McCarson, Joan Van Sledright, and Katarina Wong. Click here to download the brochure.