Both Andres and Zur, as living artists, here explore choices about how to frame the artistic legacy of their fathers in presenting their work side by side. They have asked themselves many questions along the way. Can beauty come from loss and ruin? When artists make bad work, when should it be destroyed, and who gets to decide? Who will speak on behalf of the artists in their absence? Can the artwork become a conduit for communication for those who grieve its maker?
Mark Andres (b. 1959) shares his own fragments of destroyed paintings beside those of his father, Charles Andres (1913-2008), in "The Chamber of Necessary Losses." Along with questions of legacy, preparing this exhibit has brought questions about grief and necessary losses. Quoting Goethe, Andres offers these fragments in the hope that "out of the stump of misery can come the radiant sprig."
"In Your Absence" is a "collaborative" sculptural exhibit of work by Rachael Zur (b. 1980) and her father Gary Zur (1948-1980). In the absence of her parent, Zur says the artwork must serve as a guide as she explores the precarious nature of caring for and protecting another artist's legacy..