MARK COWARDIN: FROM THE GROUND UP
November 8, 2009 – January 10, 2010
Within the space of home exists an environment where simple, everyday objects and architecture shape our social and individual identities via memory, functionality, nostalgia and symbolic ritual. Our collective understanding of this place is periodically in question, however, as generations simultaneously renegotiate its meaning through migration, displacement, different cultural points of reference, and ideas of usefulness. Artist Mark Cowardin brings this environment into focus with a body of work that defines the home as a specifically un-built environment. Neither quite here nor there, the conceptual spaces Cowardin creates with his sculptures and installations are mental thresholds for us to enter and consider various states of potential.