Artists: Sara Wicks, Tracy Himsworth, Lesley Bennett, Gael Epiney, Ellie Collins, Jeni McConnell, Beverley Porter, Alexis Rago, Morwenna Catt, Alice Bradshaw, Beatriz Diaz, Stephen Marshall
Taking inspiration from the cabinets of curiosities found in Renaissance society, this exhibition seeks to highlight the post-enlightenment desire to classify objects, whilst also challenging the preconceptions of a curated contemporary art exhibition.
Curiosity Acquired offers the audience a collection of seemingly unconnected objects, exhibited in the unusual setting of the showcase cabinet at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe. The objects on display are work by artists from across the UK and abroad and all the artworks in the exhibition have been selected only for their ability to inspire curiosity.
This is not an exhibition about building a network of associations or connections, neither is it an exhibition about viewing objects or artworks in relation to their context. This is an exhibition about allowing an object to stand alone and to be perceived as an anomaly. Curiosity Acquired invites the visitor to rediscover the pleasure in discovering the curious, the absurd and the undefined.
Curated by Leeds based graduate Helen Thackray, Curiosity Acquired is the second in a series of annual Graduate Showcase exhibitions at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre offering opportunities to recent graduate curators who have studied, or are based in the Lincolnshire, Humber and Yorkshire region.