Knock, Knock! From the Collection of Paul and Sara Monroe

WRIR Social: Audio Meets Visual with The Lotus Land Show
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On view May 26 – July 31

 

Whether physical or metaphorical, obvious or implied, the human presence in its many guises infiltrates the paintings and sculptures featured in this exhibition. Selected from the collection of Richmonders Paul and Sara Monroe, the show includes work by such influential well-known names as Robert Gober, Tony Oursler, Elizabeth Murray and Jack Pierson, as well as emerging talents likeTheaster Gates, Evan Holloway and Jeni Spota.  Among the works on view,  visitors will encounter an important early sculpture by Kiki Smith, which poignantly embodies the artist’s own personal loss; a frenetic four-channel video installation by German artist John Bock, based on his performance in the studio; a new ceramic sculpture by Jessica Hutchins, addressing themes of failure and redemption through an image of a fallen athlete; and a found-object assemblage by Ry Rocklen, described by Paul Monroe as “a strange, beautiful object that is also edgy and unsettling.”

The variety of artistic approaches to the human presence included in Knock, Knock! reflects the diverse and eclectic nature of the Monroes’ collection, which they have amassed over the past two decades. Working closely with dealers in New York and Los Angeles, Paul Monroe acquires work through a process that balances considered research and intuitive response.  “With contemporary art,” he observes,  “it’s very difficult to know what will stand the test of time; there are really no right or wrong answers. I try to listen to other people’s opinions with an open mind and then decide what is meaningful to me, what I feel I will continue to respond to over time. ”

Summer gallery hours: Tues, Thurs-Sun 12-5 / Wed 12-7 / closed Mon

WRIR Social: Audio Meets Visual with The Lotus Land Show
Click here for the podcast of the audio tour inspired by the works in Knock, Knock!