Shana Kaplow in the Waiting Room’s group exhibition NO VACANCY
October 16 – December 13, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, October 16, from 7–10 pm
Featuring Melissa Cooke, Shana Kaplow, Cherith Lundin, Laura Migliorino, Joe Smith, Sara Suppan, and Carrie Thompson.
A glowing red neon hotel sign signifies that all empty rooms are full.
No Vacancy, on view at Waiting Room October 16 through December 13th, replies to this presupposition with the work of seven artists, who, in their discrete practices, model emotional airlocks for working through contemplation of self and surroundings.
The exhibition fixates on the residual perceptual affect and psychological tensions that linger in domestic, liminal, and transient places, spaces, and non-spaces. The artists featured in this exhibition point to architecture, furnishings, and self-imagery as a means of representing and simulating the vestiges of internal sensibilities, memory, and feeling.
Many artists here take empty and temporary spaces as their subjects: pregnant thresholds momentarily cool with the sense of delay or a pause in activity. A sense of discomfort, maybe even transformation, settles in these interstitial chambers. Other artists point to objects as vehicles for self or avail their own image as a metric for tenor. In such containers, the lone self is fully on view: inadequate, restless, waiting.No Vacancy brings together artists from various career stages and mediums around the notion of letting in, or out, the metaphorical white noise from that shared sense of solitude.
Curated by Jehra Patrick, the exhibition marks the one-year anniversary of Waiting Room’s exhibition program. In the past 12 months, Waiting Room has hosted five exhibitions, multiple public programs, and shown work from 24 local and national artists. Following this exhibition, Waiting Room will welcome a 2016 exhibition program curated by invitation.