Thursday, Sept. 22 – Known Roads to Unknown Places: Douglas Witmer Lecture
Douglas Witmer’s I Found a Reason at the Cornell, his first solo museum exhibition, showcases his deceptively simple works on wood and paper. Why deceptive? With their bright colors, their small size and humble materials, it’s easy to disregard or miss altogether the motivating force of inquiry that animates the series. Which is a slightly jargony way to say what Witmer will probably say more simply: There’s as much value in the process as the product. As he says in the catalog for the show, “A painting is not a statement. It is the evidence of painting.” Don’t be deceived by the simplicity of that statement, though. Entire religions and spiritual practices are based on the idea of paying deep attention to every action, no matter how small. – Jessica Bryce Young (6 p.m. at Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; 407-646-2000; free; rollins.edu/cfam)
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