press release

Using readily available, commercially produced materials to create their art, the participating artists in Aisle 5 find value in commonplace objects. The artists excavate the artifacts of our time to create often laborious and obsessive, yet beautiful, works of art. The use of everyday materials that can be purchased in any grocery or hardware store represents a form of contemporary archaeology that provides an intriguing view into current art-making practices, as well as social customs and priorities. Aisle 5 places this approach to creating art objects in both historical and contemporary contexts and explores its relationship to the work of Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol, minimalist and performance art, feminist discourse and social critique and, in some cases, traditional craft and handiwork. Here, materiality is paramount, as is the joy of discovery.

Tara Donovan, Tony Feher, Tom Friedman, Shih-Chieh Huang, and Dan Steinhilber participate in the exhibition through new, site-specific installations as well as existing work.

Organized by Director Jeff Fleming, Aisle 5 is sponsored by Meredith Corporation, Substance Architecture Interiors Design, and the Weitz Corporation. Additional funding is provided by the Taipei Cultural Council. Media and promotional support are provided by The Des Moines Register and Hy-Vee.

Organisation: Jeff Fleming

mit Tara Donovan, Tony Feher, Tom Friedman, Shih-Chieh Huang, Dan Steinhilber