Spitzer Art Center | April 2014
A collaborative show with David Brennan (collage) and Matthew Carlson (audio). The show was very interactive and encouraged viewer participation. Each “station” had three definitions for one word; one correct, the other two false. It is the viewer/listener's job to make the best guess at the correct answer.
This show was born out of a desire to explore various conceptions of misunderstanding: what it is to be misunderstood; how we generate meaning out of that which we don’t understand; how sound and sight assist and/or inhibit our ability to perceive “the truth.” At each station you will find three very different ideas, each presented in a different medium, that all stem from the same source word. Two of the definitions of the word are false; one is the real definition. We are interested in how this knowledge affects your viewing (and listening) of the pieces. Where is the border between fun and frustration? Do the unreliable definitions change the quality of your experience? Can you trust the art, if its source is flawed? We don’t know the answers either, but we’re going to enjoy trying to figure them out.