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Gregory Johnson (Georgia, b. 1955) WHAT’S IN THE QUEUE?, 2017 Mirror-finished high-chromium stainless steel on powder-coated stainless steel base

12. Gregory Johnson, WHAT’S IN THE QUEUE

Ira Hill (Alabama, b. 1974) American Expressions, ongoing, originated in 2011 Fabricated steel and paint

11. Ira Hill, American Expressions

Steve Rossi (New York, b. 1975) Reciprocal Ladder to Intersect, 2016 Wood and acrylic latex

10. Steve Rossi, Reciprocal Ladder to Intersect

Ben Lock (North Carolina, b. 1980) Rubber Burner, 2011 Steel, chrome lugnuts, convex mirror, wheel, tire, chrome hubcap, gray primer, Chrysler Hemi Orange paint

9. Ben Lock, Rubber Burner

Eric Troffkin (Michigan, b. 1967) Communications Vine, ongoing, originated in 2014 Fiberglass and steel

8. Eric Troffkin, Communications Vine

Stacey Rathert (Mississippi, b. 1987) You Are Here, 2013

7. Stacey Rathert, You Are Here

Submitted photo: Kurt Dyrhaug (Texas, b. 1966) Combine Wing II, 2017 Steel and wood

6. Kurt Dyrhaug, Combine Wing II

Adam Walls (North Carolina, b. 1974) Ker-Plunk, 2008 Painted steel

5. Adam Walls, Ker-Plunk

Matthias Neumann (New York, b. 1969) Double-bench VI (basics), 2017 Wood (2 x 4s)

4. Matthias Neumann, Double-bench VI (basics)

Fumi Amano (Washington, b. 1985) Voice, 2017 Old window frames, wood, and sheet glass

3. Fumi Amano, Voice

Benjamin Jones (Massachusetts, b. 1978) Eventually/Everything, 2015 Steel, aluminum, plywood, linear urethane enamel, lights, custom electronics

2. Benjamin Jones, Eventually/Everything

Hye Yeon Nam (Louisiana, b. 1979) Floating Identity, 2017 Plexiglas and silicone (kinetic sculpture)

1. Hye Yeon Nam, Floating Identity in Auburn

Juror Statement – Jean Shin

After reviewing nearly 100 images of artworks to choose from, I made a selection of 12 artists’ works that stood out from all the submissions for the 2017–18 Out of the Box: A Juried Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. I am grateful to have spent time considering the multitude of artistic endeavors in contemporary sculpture and to arrive at this final selection that is presented on the grounds of Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. Thank you to the museum staff for this invitation and congratulations to the artists!

Among the selected sculptures, I was struck by a number of artists who are embracing the concerns, materials, and forms of the everyday. In this approach, some artists repurposed, combined, or refer to architectural elements such as windows, wooden floors, and benches to reimagine the places that connect us, while other works metaphorically and literally speak to where we are. For example, an articulated square of artificial turf indicates the You Are Here spot or an all-mirror-surfaced, iconic Q stands for WHAT’S IN THE QUEUE? These works suggest a kind of perpetual temporality in our daily lives as we constantly try to locate ourselves in the world, and at the same time, are waiting to see what moves into position next. The sentiment of navigating our location in time and space is also articulated by the text based work that spells out “Eventually/Everything.”

The notion of movement is also present in several of the selected works. One large-scale, colorful red- and-white work moves fluidly over the landscape, suggesting roller coaster-like speed and curvature. A similarly vibrant sculpture shows whimsy as it appears to bounce from an impossible counterweight. In another curious sculpture, a tire on an axle is connected to a mysterious circular container without anything else on its load.

The last group of works invites viewer interaction. Exploring shifting identities, one installation that depicts a face submerged in water engages the public to mechanically reposition facial features, such as the shape of the mouth and the eyes. American Expressions, a sculpture in the form of a U.S. flag, asks audiences to share their thoughts about America. This is an especially poignant gesture in today’s current political climate. In the documentation, one participant writes, “Don’t forget America is beautiful.” Perhaps, this insertion is a fitting reminder for all of us as we walk around this beautiful landscape encountering sculptures to reflect on the positive aspects of our shared reality.

–Jean Shin, August 2017