The Delaware Contemporary’s new tandem show State of the Union/State of Mind juxtaposes politics with the personal ways artists approach their work.
Flowing from one gallery to the next, you can get a sense of what’s on one artist’s mind and then see what is in another’s heart. One side of the exhibition is political artwork, the other is all about the craft of making art itself.
"Some wanted to do work that’s not necessarily what they usually do. And they wanted to talk about the times. But then some of the other (artists) were like “Well that’s not what I really do.” So that’s where the split came," Curator Morgan Hamilton said.
17 of the museum’s resident artists make up the show that consists of paintings, sculpture, augmented photos and a few more eclectic pieces.
"And there’s even a piece that involves (about) 300 Blow Pops that are hanging from a suspended rafter kind of thing."
That piece is appropriately titled Sticky.
The two-part exhibition was conceived when some studio artists wanted to put on a political leaning show, and others wanted to shy away from politics to show their latest work.
The exhibition is on display in Wilmington through July 16.
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