Young Country travels to Philadelphia and beyond

Posted on July 11, 2011
Three works from Young CountryRosenwald-Wolf Gallery
333 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
More info: 215 717 6480

July Gallery Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 10 – 5
Friday: 10 – 4
Saturday – Sunday: CLOSED

Young Country is a traveling exhibition and is organized by the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, in Wilmington, Delaware. The show opened in Louisville at the Quonset Hut and will be traveling to the University of the Arts’ Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery in Philadelphia from July 6-29, 2011. The exhibition reception in Philadelphia is July 6th and will coincide with a talk by Matthew Higgs, Director and Chief Curator of White Columns, New York.

An exhibition devoted to rural themes in contemporary American art, Young Country specifically examines how artists living in such “far-flung” places as Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Delaware are re-defining ideas of “country” in America. The exhibition features artists who employ rural images and subjects such as horseracing, honkytonks, and homesteading, and addresses how the visual culture of geographic regions shapes perception and identity. Beyond folk or kitsch expression, the works in the exhibition are often critical and conceptual in origin and generate both a humorous and sober dialogue about individual understandings of history and place.The show features work by artists from Louisville, KY, Cincinnati, OH, Philadelphia, PA, Houston, TX, Seattle, WA, New York, NY, Lexington, KY and more. The show in Philadelphia will include more artists from across the U.S. and will continue to grow as it travels.

From an article by Chelsea Gifford:

Sarah Lyon’s sculpture “30,000 Miles” pays homage to the act of rural exodus and return. The sculpture consists of bronze casts of the motorcycle boots she wore when she crossed the country between 2003 and 2008 to create her female mechanics calendar. The boots are a beautiful play on two competing iconic images: the bronzed baby bootie and the cowboy boot. Lyon’s feminization of the cowboy archetype is both memorable and moving. The subject and material combine to suggest a reading that the journey and subsequent work were in fact, her baby, and that the bronze boots commemorate the act of creation that was her 30,000-mile journey home.

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