Very often, the impulse to share a unique experience fuels the creation of art. Works in this exhibition demonstrate various ways in which artists have created objects that pinpoint, preserve, or embellish a particular moment. For example, František Kupka uses watercolor to transport us to a heightened reality with intense focus on detail and character. A photograph by Donald Sultan (detail at right) transforms wisps of smoke into a sculptural experience. Each of the five artists represented engage with a medium well suited to capturing the fragile and intimate moments that most inspire them, freezing a moment of their own gaze and distilling that experience for future viewers.
Hayley Larson (OC 2014), curatorial assistant in the Office of Academic Programs, curated the exhibition.
František (Frank) Kupka (Czech, active in France, 1871–1957)
Deux Harlequins et Columbine, late 19th–early 20th century
Watercolor and gouache on paper
Gift of Frederic (OC 1955) and Zora Pryor, 2008.11.19