Ain’t nothin’ but an art ‘Thing’
Eye Level Art show focuses on found objects
By Denise K. James, Special to The Post and Courier
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Eye Level Art on Spring Street has become a popular destination for viewing innovative pieces by local artists.
The upcoming “Things” show 7-10:30 p.m. Saturday night will have a focus on everyday objects and what they mean in our lives. The list of participating artists can be found at www.eyelevelart.com.
I spoke with gallery coordinator Caroline Millard and got the scoop on the philosophy behind the event.
Q: So what’s the concept behind the “Things” show?
A: It is an idea that Jonathan Brilliant brought to us, and it comes from an essay by German philosopher Martin Heidegger. The essay basically deals with focusing on things and their “thingness.” The point of the show is to examine objects in a functioning and a nonfunctioning way. Also, the gallery will become a “thing” itself, with other things in it
Q: What do you mean by functioning and nonfunctioning?
A: Well, some things you use, like a bottle of wine, for example. But some you don’t use — like the bottle after the wine has been emptied out of it. Then the bottle becomes just a form, rather than a functioning object.
Q: So both types of objects will be displayed at the show?
Q: Who is Jonathan Brilliant?
A: He was a well-known artist in Charleston who now lives in Columbia. However, he still does a lot of work in Charleston. This is the first time that we (Eye Level Art) have collaborated with him. He is the curator of the show.
Q: How will this show help artists on a creative level?
A: This show is more conceptual than most of our past shows, which have been lock-ins or shows with more specific parameters.
This show is much more abstract in idea, which allows the artists to go in a lot of different directions, I think.
Q: Do you think the show will foster new relationships between humans and objects?
A: I think that this show will give the artists and the gallery’s patrons a chance to reflect on objects. And I hope that it will help people to see objects in a different way than they usually would.