Get Visual: Embody at Mandeville Gallery
There’s always a mystery to strong group shows – does the curator start with a theme and then find artists that fit it, or does she start with some art she likes, and then discover the theme as it emerges? At shows like this, I find myself asking, what do these artists have in common, and what brought them together? Is it taste? Meaning? Technique?
In the case of Embody, an outstanding exhibition on view at Union College’s Mandeville Gallery through Jan. 19, curator Julie Lohnes has provided a number of intriguing threads to follow – and though I can’t claim to have unraveled them all, it’s great fun to try. She has also answered the origin question in a short essay at the front of a handsome catalog produced for the show (which the gallery provides free to visitors) – but where’s the fun in that?