January 29 - March 7, 2015
at the UNT Art Galleries
Lost In Trans is an exhibition that explores the intersections between viewer interpretation and artist intention, using as the primary vehicle artworks from the Lending and Permanent collections at the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design. In response to the circumstantial nature of the lending and permanent collections, which have varying amounts of information on the artworks and artists who made them, this exhibition embraces erasure by limiting the amount of didactic information provided and pairing works in a way that encourages the viewer to create new narratives for the artworks.
This exhibition indulges the curator's curiosity in the malleability of meaning and what happens when the provenance and context of art is removed. By design, this exhibition becomes a celebration of the limitless story-making capabilities of the CVAD collections and privileges the viewer's individual and experiential intelligence above all.
Lost In Trans is the result of a ten-month research project that stemmed from an invitation from the University of North Texas to guest curate an exhibition as part of their Collections, Cultures and Collaborations series. Part of this exhibition included a collaboration and series of conversations with art history students at UNT around methods of research as they were applied to works included in the exhibition.
Jeffrey Michael Austin
Featured Collection Artists:
John T. Biggers
Willem de Kooning
Special thanks to Victoria DeCuir, Tracee Robertson, Dr. Jennifer Way, James Thurman, Robert Jennings, Allie Biddle, Max and Drew.
Photos by Tempestt Hazel + Adriana Salazar