Ajay Kurian is a Baltimore-born, New York-based, conceptual artist working in sculpture, painting, and installation. His invitation to Goucher as the Nancy G. Unobskey ’60 Visiting Artist in Modern and Contemporary Art occasioned his solo exhibition of new work envisioned for and presented in the college’s Silber Gallery.
Kurian’s exhibition, installed to resemble a clandestine beer hall meeting, depicts cycloptic figures that possess power and status, populating a table in an ambiguous, social grouping. Atop easy postures and snappy outfits, their heads are each made up of a watchful, rotating eye and an illuminated smile. Above, a disembodied set of mechanized eyes monitors the scene, part security camera, part dystopian nightmare. Within this space all are observed, and all are observing. There is a symbiotic relationship between the platform and participants in which those who have gotten through the gates become gatekeepers—this club polices itself.
Opening day walk-through streamed live on the gallery instagram
Tuesday, September 22 to 7:30pm
More dates through November 24, 2020