Isn’t it Great to be an Artst?
at the Cincinnati Art Museum
was an exhibition of more than 150 paintings, sculptures, and drawingsspanning the 1960s to the present featuring works by self-taughtartists and those seeking alternatives to convention—all selected fromthe collection of Robert Lewis. The display was conceived as a literaltaking over of a conventional gallery space. The rigid existing layoutwas built upon with a “graphic architecture” of rough naturalmaterials, simple construction methods, and bold colors to create anactive and vibrant space to match the energy of the eclectic artwork.This additive architecture provided necessary hanging space, and, byits nature, introduced a unique visual vocabulary to the exhibition.
Large-scale plywood structures in brightly stained colors with boldcut-out typography served as entry portals to the multi-gallery displayarea. Cutting the title directly from this simple building materialintroduced the notion of inseparability of meaning andmedia—instructing the viewer to take notice of this practice throughoutthe exhibition.