February 8- March 3, 2019
Opening reception: Friday February 8th, 6-10pm / Soft opening Saturday February 9th, 6-8pm
Born to Win, Bound to Lose
“Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.”
-Jean-Jacques Rousseau “The Social Contract” (1762)
A 2018 study by health insurance provider Cigna found that over half of all respondents felt that no one around them knew them well. Additionally 40% of those surveyed said that they lack companionship, their relationships aren’t meaningful, and that they feel separated from others.
Concern with feeling trapped by social responsibility in an increasingly interconnected world encapsulates a spirit that has often been portrayed as distinctly American. Individualism, the value of self reliance, bootstrap philosophy, and the specter of finding success on one’s own terms are deeply woven into American identity. But at what point does individualism give way to damaging isolation?
The conversation between the objects in this exhibition is one of romanticism of the individual in American mythology and its connections to loneliness.
Film still from John Ford’s “The Searchers” 1956
David Bordett (b.1991) originally from the rural Appalachian region of Virginia received his BFA from the department of Sculpture and Extended Media at VCU in Richmond Virginia. He splits his time between New Orleans and New York City where he primarily lives and works. His sculpture practice explores how objects can act as portals to national mythology and regional histories.
Rooms 3 & 4:
Patrick Coll is an artist who lives and works in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 2013 he received an MFA in Printmaking from Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. In 2007 he received a BFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA. He considers New Hampshire a nice place to be from.