Is Art Work? [opening reception]
03.16.2017 | 5-8PM
gallery talk @ 6:30PM
Join the SAM staff and several of the exhibiting artists as we celebrate the opening of our spring exhibition!
This event is FREE and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
about the exhibit
Is Art Work? is a group exhibition featuring five artists whose work is meticulous, meditative, or laborious: artworks that require hard work. Each of the pieces in this exhibition required dozens, if not hundreds, of hours to produce. The central myth of the artist in our culture is that of the "starving artist", whose labor is so undervalued that he or she cannot even afford to eat. Yet we all consume thing that artists produce – art – on a daily basis. The design of our clothing, the shape of our homes, the expressions and idioms we use to communicate, the caskets we will be buried in when we die: all are the work of artists of one kind or another. Why is a group that is at work in every sector of our society so marginalized?
Is Art Work? challenges viewers to consider the production of art as a repetitive, highly focused course of action, and calls attention to the often unseen labor behind every work of art.
SAM is funded in part by The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg and its donors, the County and City of Spartanburg, and the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from The National Endowment for the Arts.