FOCUS ON THE FLATFILES: Igniting the Pendulum
Curator: Hannah Israel
Artists: Roberta Allen, Ernst Benkert, Catalina Chervin, Margaret Cogswell, Elizabeth Duffy, Judith Egger, Sabine Friesicke, Pauline Galiana, Joan Grubin, Alexander Golrizki, Abby Goldstein, Molly Heron, Richard Howe, Mary Judge, Michael Kukla, Tamiko Kawata, Robert Lansden, Florence Neal, Paula Overbay, Jaanika Peerna, Meredith Rosier, Audrey Stone
Igniting the Pendulum features works on paper by artist’s from the Kentler Flatfiles arranged and selected by Hannah Israel in order to investigate the aesthetic relationship of place, time, and space. Borrowed from the theory of “Foucault’s Pendulum,” in which a heavy weight, suspended from the ceiling by a wire, very slowly changes direction overthe course of a day. The pendulum hangs from a fixed point. It ignores the movement of the planet and even the galaxy. The swing of the pendulum remains aligned with, apparently, the universe itself—or, to make it more comprehensible, think of it as being aligned with some very distant star. So the pendulum acts as if it’s hanging from some absolutely fixed location deep in the center of the universe. Each of the works will be hang from a fixed point on the wall and through out the exhibition pieces will move to a different location. The shifting of the pictures will create a new way of looking and seeing aligning the art work to be the pendulum moving our point of view and perspective.
The Kentler Flatfiles have been an essential element of Kentler International Drawing Space since its founding in 1990. A collection of over 2,000 artworks by 270 local, national and international artists, this living archive represents the incredible breadth and diversity found in contemporary drawings and works on paper today. Selections from the Flatfiles are regularly presented in guest-curated exhibitions at Kentler and in traveling shows. "Focus on the Flatfiles" is a rotating selection of works on view in our front gallery space.