March 25 - May 1, 2022
“Fluent~Collaborative & testsite are pleased to present Flotsam and Jetsam, a collaboration between Jack Risley and Veronica Roberts. This project is on view through Sunday, May 1, 2022.
Flotsam and Jetsam are nautical terms for detritus that surfaces after a shipwreck, and alternately, the stuff thrown overboard to be salvaged later. The two pieces in the exhibition Flotsam and Jetsam are just that—a castaway—a recreation of John Risley’s Three Panel Screen, 1960, and a newly salvaged version, Imposter Screen, 2022, made sixty years later by the artist’s son Jack Risley. What ideas and images float to the surface, what is jettisoned and what can be scavenged?
Flotsam and Jetsam considers the question of what degree an artist recognizes and gives attribution to their sources. The artists John and Mary Risley met at Cranbrook in 1948 and lived according to that credo of the Mid-Century American Crafts Movement—”invent your world from scratch.” They did so with abandon, making everything themselves, and at a furious pace—clothing, furnishings, furniture, buildings, and not least, artworks. In the Risley universe, all things held equal value. A ceramic pot was equal to a chair which was equal to a sculpture, which was equal to a building, and so on. Their home was a futuristic spaceship that had landed in Yankee New England. “
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