(Re)Collect, is an exhibition highlighting a selection of the Hyde Park Art Center’s faculty whose work complicates notions of memory through embracing its slippery nature. Curated by Interim Exhibitions Manager, Francesca Wilmott, the exhibition underscores the correspondence between the physical act of gathering artistic source material and the conceptual act of recollecting the past. Together, the artworks demonstrate the repetitive, compulsive, and often deceptive, nature of retrospection. Delving beyond the purely sentimental, (Re)Collect intertwines personal and material memory to question the reliability of recollections. Despite the range of art forms featured in the exhibition–including painting, photography, video work, performances, and site-specific installations–each artist explores the unique properties of their medium in conjunction with personal narratives. As the artists build up the material and conceptual layers of their work, the object retains traces of its history, acting as a temporary antidote to memory’s elusive and ever-shifting nature. Whether the works rest more heavily on documentation or on artful revision, they ultimately reveal the malleability of reality and fiction when fashioning personal histories. As material collections collide with personal recollections, memory leaves the realm of nostalgia to achieve contemporary relevance.
Together, the artworks demonstrate the repetitive, compulsive, and often deceptive, nature of retrospection. The Art Center currently has over 40 practicing artists who instruct hands-on studio art programs either on-site or through the Art Center’s many partner programs.