The Five Points, University of Hartford/Hartford Art School Launchpad Biennial
Expanded Vocabularies features the recent artwork of 12 artist members of The Five Points Center for the Visual Arts, Hartford Art School, University of Hartford Launchpad. The work featured in this exhibition is a fresh selection of work that has been produced over the past two years on the second floor of the Water Street gallery. Artists have been diligent in developing their vocabulary while being part of a nurturing and supportive artist community with shared space conducive for growth and experimentation. The work ranges in content from fashion to photography and explores themes such as memory, personal history, self portraiture, sustainability, the body and the rawness of materiality to name a few.
In thinking about how to contextualize this work in a truthful and thoughtful way, I keep thinking about gardening. Gardening, like art-making, is a life-long and ever-changing pursuit. The work on view in this show can be thought of as an early spring garden — emergent, bold, vibrant — and ever changing, both this season and for all the seasons yet to come.
Curated by Melanie Carr