Two artists share aesthetics and an exhibition

The Connecticut College Department of Art will host “Interdependence," an exhibition of works by Adjunct Instructor of Art Kate Gilbert ’96 and guest artist Abigail Anne Newbold, which will be on display in the Cummings Arts Center galleries from Sept. 7 to Oct. 16.

In the show, by curatorial collaborator Mary M. Tinti, both artists employ similar design and conceptual aesthetics in their investigations of the darker psychologies of independence and comfort. Shown together for the first time, their subtly humorous works may prompt viewers to feel both uneasy and reassured.

These design-focused artists come together in their desire to create clothing, accessories and toolkits for survival in a world filled with anxiety and uncertainty, with a unique approach to exploring their relationship to economic hierarchies. They share a love of display environments, the creation of characters and the proclivity to combine high and low materials. The resulting exhibition highlights the interdependence of two artists on one another, on their materials and on their desire to transcend cultural expectations.

“Their installations raise questions about our relationships with objects and technology in terms of survival in an uncertain world,” said Pamela Marks, associate professor of art. “This thoughtful work has both humor and an edge, and creates a very satisfying experience for the viewer.”

The artists will discuss their work at a gallery talk on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m. The talk will be followed by a reception. The show, talk and reception are free and open to the public.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call the Art Department at 860-439-2740.

September 9, 2015