SEEING THE WORLD IN A DIFFERENT WAY THROUGH ART
October 09, 2018
Juror Candice Hopkins gives her perspective on the works selected for the All-Alaska Biennial exhibition on view Oct. 19, 2018 through Feb. 3, 2019
As a fellow Northerner, I know that often what defines us is the ability to make use of whatever is at hand, sometimes against its original purpose. The works that stood out most to me in the jurying process were created by artists who used materials in unexpected ways, pushing the boundaries of their medium, whether it be with scale, technique, or in what they chose to represent. The works were often those that I couldn’t get out of my mind. Compelling images have a tension to them.
Material invention was at the heart of many of the works that I saw. Also dominant were works that addressed the impact of climate change, something that is perhaps felt more acutely here in Alaska than anywhere else in the U.S. Some of these images become documents of this change, and like the canary in the coal mine, it is oftentimes the smallest things that signal that we are in crisis.
Good art enables us to see the world in a different way. Many of the works in the Biennial do just that.
ABOUT THE CURATOR
Candice Hopkins is a curator and writer originally from Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, and based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She served as the juror of this year’s All-Alaska Biennial, an exhibition featuring contemporary work by Alaska artists.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
This juried exhibition is a continuation of the museum’s All-Alaska Juried and Earth, Fire & Fibre exhibitions, which began more than 30 years ago to encourage creation of new works in all media by Alaska artists. The exhibition’s call for entries drew 634 submissions from 161 artists. Works include drawing, painting, mixed media, craft, jewelry, fiber art, visual art, metalsmithing, printmaking, encaustic, ceramic, book/paper arts, photography and sculpture.
JUROR’S CHOICE AWARD
Hopkins selected Anchorage artist Kristy Summers’ mixed-media piece Descend for the Juror’s Choice Award, with honorable mentions going to Anchorage artist Christopher Judd’s oil on linen on board painting, Grandma; and Anchorage photographer Mark Stadsklev’s photography giclée print No Way Out.
PRESENTED WITH SUPPORT FROM THE FOLLOWING
All-Alaska Biennial is made possible with the support of: the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Municipality of Anchorage, the Anchorage Museum Association, and the Anchorage Museum Foundation Alaska Airlines Silver Anniversary Fund. The exhibition travels to other Alaska locations throughout Summer 2019.
Image credit: Kristy Summers, Descend, mixed media