Prolonged Engagement

Esperanza Mayobre, Colirio (Eyedrop), Installation view, 2004

March 25 – May 7, 2011 

Artists:  N. Dash, Jesal Kapadia, Deana Lawson, Esperanza Mayobre, JJ Peet, Harriet Salmon, and Jaret Vadera.

Curated by: Erin Sickler

Prolonged Engagement is an exhibition that brings together artists who create aesthetic conditions rather than discrete art objects. Finding beauty and ingenuity amidst human imperfection, the artists in Prolonged Engagement allow the world to act upon them as they act upon it. As with tinkerers, inventors, and other radical thinkers, they know that the ah-ha moment is not a singular event, but rather one that absorbs information from the outside world, mixes and remixes it, and allows new ideas and processes to gradually fade into view. Driven by productive antagonisms and juxtapositions, they create complex environments for inquisitiveness and transformation that go beyond simplistic notions of failure and success.

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March 25, 6:00pm: Opening Reception for Prolonged Engagement

April 15, 6:30pm: Artist Talk with Jesal Kapadia

April 29, 6:30pm: Playing to the Senses: An Evening of Food and Discussion with Elizabeth Thacker Jones


Prolonged Engagement by Laura Bardier for Arte al Dia