McEwen Contributes to Art Exhibition on Discomfort

McEwen Contributes to Art Exhibition on Discomfort

Assistant Professor Mitch McEwen was a contributor to the art exhibition entitled Discomfort: Experiments in Furniture, Function, and Form, currently on view. Seeking to reshape the perspective of household objects, the exhibition features objects resembling furniture, but do not function as such. The line between utility and uselessness is blurred and allows viewers to look differently at these objects. One of the exhibition’s goals is to instill visitors with a new respect for things that do not fit into neat categories and a new understanding of function and its subjectivity.

“When we own objects purely for their utility, there is a tendency to see past them,” said Liz K. Sheehan, curator of Discomfort. “Through a sense of discomfort that’s both literal – “I can’t sit on it” — and psychological – “I don’t understand it” – these sculptures prompt us to look anew at objects around us.”

Other artists featured in this exhibition include: Greta Bank, Malcolm Bray, Duncan Hewitt, Adam J. Manley, Duane Paluska, Colin Pezzano, Matthias Pliessnig, Celeste Roberge, Jill Slosburg-Ackerman, Caroline Woolard and Erwin Wurm. The exhibition is on view at the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, New Jersey, where it opened Sunday, Jan. 17 and will run until May 8, 2016.

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