Lifelike

 
 
Friday, Mar 01, 2013 through Monday, May 27, 2013
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Eraser

Eraser,
1967
acrylic on balsa wood
Collection Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; Gift of Avco Financial Services, Newport Beach.

Past Events

Family ArtLAB: Lifelike Transformations

Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 - 2:00 PM through 4:00 PM
Tickets to this event are no longer available online. Please purchase tickets at the door.

A Curator’s Perspective

Monday, Mar 04, 2013 - 2:00 PM

Educator First Look Tour: LifeLike

Thursday, Mar 07, 2013 - 3:30 PM through 5:00 PM

Axline Lecture

Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 7:00 PM
Tickets to this event are no longer available online. Please purchase tickets at the door.

Stroll-in’

Monday, May 20, 2013 - 1:30 PM through 2:15 PM
Tickets to this event are no longer available online. Please purchase tickets at the door.

Is it real? Lifelike invites a close examination of works based on commonplace objects and situations, which are startlingly realistic, often playful, and sometimes surreal. This group exhibition, which debuted at the Walker Art Center, features artists variously using scale, unusual materials, and sly contextual devices to reveal the manner in which their subjects’ “authenticity” is manufactured.

Avoiding the brand-name flashiness embraced by 1960s Pop and the slick urban scenes introduced at that time by the Photorealists, the artists in Lifelike investigate the quieter side of the quotidian, choosing potentially overlooked items or moments as subject matter: a paper bag, an eraser, an apple core, a waiting room, an afternoon nap. They also favor a handmade, labor-intensive practices rather than technological enhancements. The resulting works—including painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, and video—transform the ordinary into something beguiling, loaded with narrative and metaphor, and imbued with an arresting sense of humanity.

Is it real? Lifelike invites a close examination of works based on commonplace objects and situations, which are startlingly realistic, often playful, and sometimes surreal. This group exhibition, which debuted at the Walker Art Center, features artists variously using scale, unusual materials, and sly contextual devices to reveal the manner in which their subjects’ “authenticity” is manufactured.

Avoiding the brand-name flashiness embraced by 1960s Pop and the slick urban scenes introduced at that time by the Photorealists, the artists in Lifelike investigate the quieter side of the quotidian, choosing potentially overlooked items or moments as subject matter: a paper bag, an eraser, an apple core, a waiting room, an afternoon nap. They also favor a handmade, labor-intensive practices rather than technological enhancements. The resulting works—including painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, and video—transform the ordinary into something beguiling, loaded with narrative and metaphor, and imbued with an arresting sense of humanity.

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