Artist to Artist with Spencer Finch

April 1, 2010



Tuesday, April 13, 6 p.m., Corcoran Auditorium

Open to Corcoran students and faculty.


Leading up to his exhibition at the Corcoran this September, Spencer Finch will be the first speaker in the new Artist to Artist series with students.  Following a brief dialogue with Curator of Contemporary Art Sarah Newman, Spencer Finch will engage in a casual and open discussion with students about issues of process, method, and career.  Come with questions and topics for debate!  Discussion will be facilitated by Adjunct Professor Mark Cameron Boyd.

Spencer Finch will be creating new site-specific work for his exhibition at the Corcoran this fall.  Finch’s installations, photographs, and drawings seek to capture the elusive space between perception and the outside world, probing the intersections of science, nature, and memory.  Using industrial materials to recreate individual experiences or particular sensations such as candlelight or the smell of the ocean, he also draws from historic accounts by poets, artists, and philosophers to explore the persistence of human curiosity.  Finch’s sculptures and site-specific installations use light, color, and time to remind his viewers that looking is never as simple as it looks.

Spencer Finch was born in 1962 and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, Hamilton College, and Doshisha University in Kyoto, and has exhibited internationally. Finch had a major one-artist exhibition, What Time is it on the Sun?, at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in 2007. His recent solo exhibition, As if the Sea Should Part and Show a Further Sea, was exhibited at the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane, Australia, in 2009. Finch was also included in the Making Worlds exhibition at the 2009 Venice Biennale, the 2004 Whitney Biennial, and has created several works of public art, including the recent project for the High Line in New York with Creative time. His work is held in many museum collections, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; and the Guggenheim Museum, New York.