Materiality is an exhibition curated by Liz Glass and Lyndsay Rice, showcasing work from the California College of the Arts and the University of Oregon. Conceived out of an interest to investigate the uses of craft in these two communities, Materiality brings together works in a multitude of materals.
The works in Materiality reflect the expansive use of craft materials and methods to create expressive objects. Usually associated with the dialogue of “use,” these works demonstrate the ability of craft to transcend function, and the power of the materials at conveying concepts. Some of the works build their own mythology, while others activate pre-existing cultural tropes; some are engaged, primarily, with examining the nature of their own material, and others use these media as a means to an end. The works inMateriality take up many themes personal and cultural themes, including the hiddenness of history, the collision of cultural forms, and the experience of sound.