Single-Channel Catalyst: Alex Hubbard's "Eat Your Friends" and Selections from the Collection

  • Jun 11, 2016 – Aug 20, 2016
  • The Leah Louise B. Tannenbaum Gallery

Humorous and tense, systematic and chaotic—these seemingly mismatched descriptors capture the playful complexity of Alex Hubbard’s video works. In his 2012 piece, Eat Your Friends, the artist experiments with stacking full cups of coffee, climbing precariously balanced ladders, arranging coat hangers and walking canes, and pouring and spraying paint. He describes these disjointed endeavors as explorations that are similar to a child’s taking apart a toy to see how it works: each presents a formal puzzle or problem to be solved.

This summer, Hubbard’s video serves as the catalyst for an installation of artworks chosen from the Weatherspoon’s collection. Each selection resonates with Eat Your Friends differently in terms of materials, processes, subjects, or formal properties. Like Hubbard’s layered scenes, their collective installation serves as an experiment—one that offers the possibility of seeing each of the artworks in a new light and discovering connections among them.

The project is organized by Emily Stamey, Curator of Exhibitions. The series is supported by a generous gift from Nancy Rubins in honor of her late husband, Chris Burden.

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Noon @ the 'Spoon | Curator's Talk • Tue Jul 12 @ 12pm

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