Exhibition Dates: September 8-30, 2012
Special Reception: Thursday, September 13th, 6-8pm • Juror Talk at 7pm
When the artists of the Torpedo Factory Art Center conceived the Target Gallery, it was tasked with the mission to feature emerging and established artists from all over the country in shows that would engage and challenge the viewer. The Gallery delivers on that charge by continuously exploring new ideas through visual media in a rotating schedule of month-long exhibitions - some juried, some curated - featuring a variety of themes and artists. In an effort to keep our perspective challenged, the exhibitions are open to all artists, both national and international, and represent artistic views from across the nation and globe.
This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary since the Target Gallery opened its doors in 1987. To mark this momentous occasion, we present 25, an all-media, juried exhibition featuring work that responds to world events that have occurred over the past twenty-five years. Globalization, changing perceptions of race and gender, the housing and economic crises’, and climate change are just some of the diverse subjects broached by the selected artists. As our juror J.W. Mahoney says, “Twenty-five years is the length of a generation, and this show reflects the many continually changing aspects of contemporary art to which the Target Gallery has always opened its doors.”
The artists in this show have done an excellent job in demonstrating how art can serve as a personal reflection of what they have witnessed in their lives, as well as communicate with an audience of strangers, proving how art can open a dialogue for our shared experiences. I would like to congratulate and thank these artists for their boldness in putting themselves out there, and to all of the artists who have been a part of our past exhibitions. Additional thanks are due to you, the audience, for taking the time to view this exhibition and support Target Gallery, and the mission of the Torpedo Factory Art Center – to provide visitors the opportunity to experience the intersection of art and community.
-Allison Nance, Target Gallery Director