Hopkins Hall Gallery Summer Series #5
Artists: Geren Heurtin and Maggie Schmiegelow
Two children peer across half eaten cafeteria trays – locked unrelentingly into a playful game of endurance. What seems like a lifetime passes before a tear escapes the tiny threshold and closed eyelids signal a loss. This adolescent competition seems a fruitful demonstration of pressure made momentarily visible. A leaking body demands to be felt, to be known.
In the exhibition Concrete Membranes: An Enduring Gesture, Geren Heurtin and Maggie Schmiegelow work to seek out such candid moments of witness. Using process intensive means of investigation, these two artists employ a practice of critical awareness through which to better understand the body, its thresholds and its shifting boundaries. Often focused on their own complex relations to the body as container, both artists aim to give form to what might be felt but not always seen. Skin plays a pivotal role in this work; functioning as a protective barrier, but also as a metaphor for empathy, strength, and resilience. Both artists employ time-based explorations of endurance, feeling out the edges through acts of repetition and mark making.
Touch, time, material and tending care manifest in both artistic practices. The Hopkins Hall Summer Series presents a unique opportunity for artists who are currently focused on a specific kind of material collaboration, to explore the potentials that live within more physical kinds of collaborative working and partnership. Calling back the notion of a micro-ritual between two children, these two artists are interested in exploring what it means to put pressure on another kind of body as a means of discovering one’s own materiality, or even more so allowing your body to come into contact with different types of pressures as a means of coaxing out a reality.
Hopkins Hall Gallery Summer Series features short-term projects including performances, installations, audience-participatory work, and public programs or activities by Ohio State University graduate students.