What does the word BOOM! bring to mind? That Thomas Pynchon line about a jet engine tearing through the sky? An 808 drum kick? The mics held by stiff-armed tall people on a soundstage? Art submissions addressing this vague notion were sought for a juried exhibition of work by local artists. Works have been judged by provocative political artist and curator Astria Suparak, the director of Carnegie Mellon University's Miller Gallery. Suparaks past exhibitions reveal some of her interests: Keep It Slick: Infiltrating Capitalism with The Yes Men and Your Town, Inc.: Big Box Reuse with Julia Christensen are two of the most notable, but here, shes wisely kept things ambiguous with the exhibitions theme, more art prompt than unifying concept. Despite the competition element, the exhibition retains a collegial and inclusive tone by not requiring an entry fee (as many juried exhibitions do) and opening submissions to any artist who lives in Northern California. Its wide-open by design, emphasizing the gallerys desire for conceptual diversity and a wide array of viewpoints and media. Its even open to layabouts: If youre moved by the Earth-shaking implications of the exhibitions theme, the gallery is accepting submissions up until the first day of the show.
The opening reception for BOOM! starts at 6 p.m.
Dec. 10-18, 2010