Isn’t it Great to be an Artst?
at the Cincinnati Art Museum
was an exhibition of more than 150 paintings, sculptures, and drawings
spanning the 1960s to the present featuring works by self-taught
artists and those seeking alternatives to convention—all selected from
the collection of Robert Lewis. The display was conceived as a literal
taking over of a conventional gallery space. The rigid existing layout
was built upon with a “graphic architecture” of rough natural
materials, simple construction methods, and bold colors to create an
active and vibrant space to match the energy of the eclectic artwork.
This additive architecture provided necessary hanging space, and, by
its nature, introduced a unique visual vocabulary to the exhibition.
Large-scale plywood structures in brightly stained colors with bold
cut-out typography served as entry portals to the multi-gallery display
area. Cutting the title directly from this simple building material
introduced the notion of inseparability of meaning and
media—instructing the viewer to take notice of this practice throughout