The Waiting Room: Lost and Found

September 5 – October 15

“The Waiting Room visually expresses the experience of illness – breast cancer, dementia, anorexia, depression, domestic abuse – and through hands-on activty stations, constitues therapeutic creativity for patients and artists.  The Waiting Room explores the psychologically rich conceptual framework of the medical waiting room.  This is the place where patients are processed before testing, diagnosis, consultation, or treatment begins.  Evoking this environment are a series of distinct tableaus on breast cancer, dementia, anorexia, depression, and domestic abuse.  The focal point of each is a hybridized chair composed of found and sculptural elements; “lost” and/or “found” items specificallyy designed, ambiguously functioning clothing are traces of inhabitants, past and future.  Visitors may sit adjacent to each sculptural chair on an unaltered chair, where they listen to recorded interview excerpts and sound compositions of intimate and expanded perspectives, or multiple “voices” for each health issue.  In this position, viewers are made participants in the waiting “community.”

There are several participating artists:  Marguerite Perret , Bruce Scherting, Stephanie Lanter, Robin Lasser




Oscar Bluemner’s America: Lost and Found

September 5 -December 5th

Oscar Bluemner’s America: New England Scenes continues the project of the Hand Art Center to display and investigate the extensive collection of artwork by Oscar Bluemner (1867-1938) bequeathed to Stetson University by the artist’s daughter.  The exhibition focuses on scenes from New England states.  Although many artists have portrayed the white churches and picturesque fishing villages of New England as icons of patriotic America, Bluemner chose grittier sites.  In Laconia, New Hampshire, for example he counters the typical white church steeple with a red factory chimney.  In New England, as  elsewhere, he sought distinctive American subjects in “things and scenes most closely interwoven with the progress of life, [rather] than…those which belong only to a separated-idle-class of rich people..the portions of towns and villages where the laboring people exist, where original nature mingles with the most typical and essential work of man ‘improving’…housing and crops, or moving goods by water or rail.”  New England scenes favored by Bluemner included stone quarries, back alleys, and industrial ports.