Flight: Explorations in Movement, Migration, and Freedom
Artists interpret the concept of flight in this juried exhibition. This can be as simple as birds as the subject matter, an abstract expressionist representation of joyous movement, or a consideration of the ongoing migrant crisis in Europe. There is no one interpretation.
In the canon of dreamscapes, that of subconsciously taking flight is a collective experience that tops the list. Even for those of us with foggy morning memories, dreams of flight are some of the most lucid, those in which we feel most present, whether terrified or exhilarated in the moment. While we live with the technology to span oceans in hours and are accustomed to the hum of planes soaring overhead, the concept of flight maintains an aura of wondrous and sometimes unsettling impossibility. The word itself, however, carries connotations both vast and contradictory. The concept of flight almost automatically conjures positive associations with the ideals of freedom and independence, but it is also inherently connected to movement in unwelcome directions, to forced migrations, loss, and distance.
West Branch Gallery and Sculpture Park will host a juried exhibition of artworks interpreting the concept of “Flight” as it relates to ideas of movement, migration, and freedom in April of 2016. This can be as simple as birds as the subject matter or an abstract painter’s expressionist representation of joyous movement, of airborne thought. Flight could also be concerned with the migration of hundreds of thousands of the Syrian people to freedom. There is no one interpretation.