Notions of Home: Selections from the Collection This exhibition features works from OCMA’s permanent collection that evoke contradictory feelings of home. The concept of domesticity has long been a source of inspiration for diverse forms of art and for exploring social concerns and identity. As we spend more time at home due to the pandemic, the boundaries between public and private space blur and our mixed attitudes toward home continue to intensify. This timely show captures ambivalent perceptions of home that shift between familiarity and estrangement and between comfort and conflict.
Image: Deborah Mesa-Pelly, Rosy, 2000; type C print on aluminum; 29-1/4 x 36-7/8 inches; Gift of Nancy Portnoy, New York; Courtesy of the artist.
The Harpist in the Ogre’s Mind ASMA’s installation invites viewers to imagine entering the mind of an ogre. Through video, sculpture, and sound, the installation offers a multisensory environment that blends fantasy with cultural critique. Viewers are invited to see through the ogre’s “eyes” and navigate its movement in an interactive digital world that exists beyond the gallery. Ogres have often represented otherness in many folk tales and legends. By offering visitors an opportunity to envision becoming a monster, ASMA allows for an understanding of difference as a quality that exists within everyone.
Image: ASMA, Half Blood Princess (installation view), 2019; micro-paraffin cast and encaustic paint on MDF; 10-3/8 x 15-1/2 x 1-1/2 inches; Courtesy of the artists. Photo courtesy of PEANA.