Featuring works by: Michelle Kim, Michael Slagle, Timothy Dowse, and Rebecca Litt
“It is terrible to have to ask for anything ever. We wish we were something that needed nothing, like paint. But even paint needs repainting.” - Miranda July
safety is a group exhibition about actively seeking contentment and in ascending towards needing nothing. Each work initiates its own dialogue with the viewer, asking, "What do I need?" and "Where can I find it?" These questions are not absolved, but the works show the process of navigating through excess, want and desire to find safety, security and self-fulfillment.
Everything is painted, safe for a time, waiting to become raw and exposed. Paint holds within its materiality a tendency towards concealment. Paint’s use as an industrial, domestic, and an artistic tool shows its historical versatility and its commonplace meaning. In a variety of ways, paint covers many things: our homes, our cars, and our faces. Covering ourselves, and our settings, with whatever materials we choose, completes us.