Souvenirs carry with them their connection to a former life. When accumulated, they build the collective memory of forgotten places and times, the burden of the past, but also the promise of the future.
Artists Lynn Northrop, bobCollignon, and Bethany Krull explore the concept of remembrance by collecting objects—vintage frames, gadgets, toys, and images—to build their mythologies. For Collignon, it’s the legend of an Outdoorsman; for Northrop, the timeless story of connectedness; and for Krull, the account of a tumultuous human-animal relationship. Regardless, both artists remind us of our link to nature and history with the comfortingly familiar patina of a vintage parlor.
After being sequestrated to our homes for over a year, the arrival of summer heralds sentiments of new hopes and dreams of the great outdoors. Out of the Wild showcases knickknacks meant to decorate our interiors while reminding us of the wild and the permanent fragility of our human connections to nature. The objects presented are strangely familiar, a carefully curated collection reminiscent of a recent collective past.
Curated by Véronique Côté.