Sarah Conaway: Artist walkthrough of Fictive Kin

Culver Center of the Arts

April 5, 2018

Artist-led walkthrough

Thursday, April 5, 2018, 6pm - 7pm

UCR ARTSblock presents Fictive Kin: Sarah Conaway, Annette Kelm, Kim Schoen, on view from February 24–May 6, 2018. Join artist Sarah Conaway for a walkthrough tour of the exhibition.

The exhibition includes three contemporary artists who all construct photographic tableaux, and are united by their cultivation of modes of seeing that question conventions behind the photographic representation of three-dimensional objects. Sarah Conaway, Annette Kelm, and Kim Schoen harness the visual language of commercial art and advertising. At its most effective, advertising renders the photograph a signifier that we subconsciously identify as assuming an authoritative voice. It serves a clear purpose and delivers an inscrutable message. In the work of these artists, similar strategies are used to subversive, absurd, and philosophical ends. They communicate the arbitrariness of inherited conventions, solicit humor, and render anew the vernacular visual environment that so engulfs us that we may be unaware of it.


This exhibition is curated by Kathryn Poindexter-Akers, Assistant Curator at the California Museum of Photography.

Image: Sarah Conaway, Forms [Green], 2015 (detail). Courtesy the artist and The Box, Los Angeles.