| SANDUSKY CULTURAL CENTER
/ NOT MASKFebruary 20 - March 24,
an Installation by
There will be a public reception on Sunday,
February 20, from 1:00 until 4:00 PM.
*During this event, the
gallery is open Sunday through Friday from 1:00 until 4:00 PM, and CLOSED each saturday and on Presidents' Day, Monday, February 21. Please check the hours
page for additional information.
Mr. Arthur will present an illustrated talk at 2:00 p.m.
Mask/Not Mask is an invitation to a journey of
rediscovery from the apparent to the abstract, to awaken the inner eye
for viewing and processing what we see in our everyday
experience. The collections of artifacts elevate and compare
everyday objects to the extraordinary of traditional African
masks. The journey requires that viewers move beyond looking and
knowing and consider the concepts of function versus form.
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The pairings are designed to rekindle a passion for appreciating
objects we encounter every day...without preconceptions.
Our cultural environment structures our understanding of objects, and
the name given an object forever thereafter dictates its
function. Once we learn an object's name it is extremely
difficult to see it for anything other than that which we know it to
be. We essentially stop seeing the objects, and they become the
function they perform for us.
Many of the common objects included in this installation seem to
possess a human appearance. The observer is asked to consider the
everyday objects in relation to the traditional African masks.
The masks are the manifestations of their makers' understanding of the
natural world, and serve as bridges between physical and non-physical
realities. And just as many of the everyday objects seem to have
an essential human quality to them, so too do they seem to reflect
qualities essential to the traditional masks.
It would seem that the farther we become removed from our primal
natures the nearer we come to them. Are the everyday masks
accidental or a subconscious effort to rediscover the tribal heritage
innate within us but camouflaged by centuries of civilization?
- Ken Arthur
To see is itself a creative operation, requiring an effort.
Everything that we see in our daily life is more or less distorted by
acquired habits, and this is perhaps more evident in an age like ours
when cinema, posters, and magazines present us everyday with a flood of
ready-made images which are to the eye what prejudices are to the
mind. The effort needed to see things without distortion takes
something very like courage!
- Henri Matisse
With awareness of cultural
diversity and the
positive values of artistic regionalism, the Sandusky Cultural Center
educational and entertaining exhibits that stimulate an interest in the
fine arts, provide a focus for multicultural awareness, and introduce
issues and challenging concepts.