A HOUSE IS NOT A HOME
Curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody
Caren Golden Fine Art is pleased to present A House Is Not A Home, a group exhibition curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody. Through works in a variety of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and video, DeWoody asks the viewer to contemplate the difference between a house and a home.
There is an old adage that a house is where your body lies and a home is where your mind and soul rest. At a superficial level, that is a semantic difference. A house is a structural enclosure for something material while a home suggests something abstract and immaterial. The distinction between the two is similar to the one between a place and a site. A place is an insignificant geographical location whereas a site has been invested with cultural significance. Taking this relationship from language to image, what invests a physical structure with characteristics of a home instead of a house?
Interestingly, DeWoody primarily selects exterior views. We are not invited inside. The people inhabiting these worlds are rarely seen: a disaffected youth in Laura London’s Mid Summer, a denizen or two of 1970’s Suburbia in Bill Owens’ Untitled works. Most works depict sterile facades; faceless dwellings that connote the rise of America’s affluent middle class. From Mike Bayne’s modest 6 inch oil panel painting to Sheri Warshauer’s 8 foot canvas, DeWoody’s concept of “house” succeeds through great variety. Amy Bennett, Kevin Cooley, Gregory Crewdson, Ian Hartshorne, Liam Jones, Heidi Schlatter, Futaba Suzuki, Whiting Tennis, Yanai Toister seek out the more eccentric side of suburbia. The works of others are imbued with multiple associations: Will Cotton’s saccharine playlands, Travis Somerville’s Confederate cabin, the utopian vistas of Julie Langsam and Patte Loper, Frank Magnotta’s stark structures, Mark Bennett’s fictionalized blue-print worlds and Tom Burckhardt’s construction of a cardboard studio as a symbol of painterly futility. These structural enclosures intrigue the viewer by suggesting a fine line between the hollow and the significant, between one of the most material necessities and the more abstract mysteries that dwell within a private space.
“A House Is Not A Home” is on view from July 9 through August 17, 2007. The reception for the artists is on July 11 from 6 to 8 PM. For further information please contact Shane McAdams at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-727-8304.