More than an Object presents the creative possibilities of the often overlooked still life genre. The exhibit explores the vitality and inventiveness of the still life tradition through a multiplicity of innovative approaches and media including painting, photography, video, and sculpture. As a genre, still life has been practiced for centuries – from the artists of ancient Greece to 17th century Dutch painters and 20th century modernists.
Often relegated to the art of imitation, the humble still life is constantly being reimagined by today’s contemporary artists who use the genre to explore the personal, metaphoric, social, and unconventional. Featuring a group of prominent contemporary artists, More than an Object reveals how the still life continues to evolve and resonate with artists, collectors, and viewers today. Participating artists include: Susan Abbott, Christina Erives, Oona Gardner, Ori Gersht, Libby Paloma, Mike Pelletier, William Ransom, Zachary Stephens, Christopher Terry.
Christopher Terry, Still Life with Yellow Teapot, 2022, oil on canvas
Mike Pelletier, Still Life, 2020, computer animation
Burlington City Arts is supported in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts through the New England Arts Resilience Fund, part of the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund, an initiative of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with major funding from the federal CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan Act from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by The Vermont Arts Council & the National Endowment for the Arts.