"Outlands and Negotiations" at the Hutchinson Art Center
July 0500pam7> - August 0400pam8>
Hutchinson Art Center
405 N. Washington St.
Hutchinson, KS 67501
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"Outlands and Negotiations"
Exhibition Statement: "Outlands & Negotiations" is an exhibition of recent bodies of work by Wichita, Kansas artists Jennifer Ray and Robert Bubp. Ray's photographs and materials from her "In Range" project is a photographic documentation of objects she has found at open shooting ranges in the U.S., where the shooters' choices of targets often reveal a pleasure in destruction that is simultaneously understandable and disturbing. Bubp's multi-media work from the "Las Calles Públicas" project investigates public areas in different cities via documentation of his own movements in relation to others' actions in these spaces; in seeking human exchanges, his process interrogates his own privilege as a tourist and reveals tensions reflecting systems of spatial power that need constant exposure.
Ray's and Bubp's works in "Outlands & Negotiations" share interpretations of the use of public space and who it is "for." In Ray's case this question concerns rural, "natural" places that are perceived to not belong to anyone, but which have been claimed and used by a specific group of people for a specific purpose. Bubp's work investigates openly shared urban spaces that are heavily monitored and policed. The conversation these works offer in relation to each other refers to the nature of non-obviously "owned" interstitial, physical spaces, who gets to claim them, and how their uses can create a kind of fiction against our expectations of what our own experience in them should be.
Opening Reception: July 5 from 5-7pm; Free Admission; Open to the Public; Light Refreshments