Composed of work from Wake Forest University’s Art Collection, this exhibition focuses on Human Connection portrayed through a series of works that includes photographs, paintings and charcoal drawings. Each work portrays the human experience of connection or lack of connection, in its own way. The evocation of each work is independent and portrays the human experience in its own way. Through dilapidated buildings, abstract landscapes, and portrayal of sports, the exhibition highlights physical, emotional and intellectual connections. Images in this show depict physical closeness, isolation, as well as remnants of human presence.
This show highlights the importance and prevalence of the human connection in the modern world. Given the current events of 2020, the notion of human connection, or lack thereof, has never felt more palpable. Each work presented highlights a specific notion of the human experience of loneliness, relationships and the hardships of life. The works compiled present a range of emotions and human experiences of life. From abandoned schools presented in Courtyard, Former Cass Tech HS, photographed by Andrew Moore, to Gladys Nilsson’s joyous image A Course Line, to Darell Koons nostalgic Sunday Morning, the show displays the trials and circumstances of human life.
Do-Ho Suh creates a busy image by incorporating miniscule portraits to create a larger, nondescript compilation of photos (Who Am We?). The portraits, in turn, lose their individuality by being part of a massive grouping. Similar to Suh’s sense of ambiguity of individual portraits, Bill Jacobson portrays an individual’s side-profile in a blurred and obscure form in Song of Sentient Beings. This depiction lends itself to curiosity of the mystery and story behind the individual depicted. In a more distinct and precise illustration, Robert Vickrey sketches a Head of a Clown in sanguine ink, demonstrating the laborious aspects of life through the weathered wrinkles on the Clown’s profile. The question of life and circumstance is brought to the forefront in Vickrey’s sketch, as well as Odd Nerdrum’s Baby. His depiction evokes loneliness by way of an isolated infant surrounded by a cloud of dark charcoal. All twelve images presented in Human Connection will provide material surrounding the importance and conversation surrounding relationships between humans or lack thereof.
As a result of the ongoing global spread of COVID-19, this show aims to highlight the importance of human connection, as well as the presence of human connection in life. The viewer is invited to contemplate personal experiences of human connection, in addition to contemplating the experiences of the work’s subjects. The viewer is invited to ponder how human connection plays a role in recent society.