FAILINGS, curated by Ejecta Projects
On display April 2 – May 21, 2022
Failings, as a concept, implies a perceived shortcoming. Imagined as a moral deficit, a material miscalculation, or some other misalignment of desire verses outcome, failings, or one’s failure, is typically perceived as negative. And yet, a successful studio practice – explicitly courting failure by defying expectations, taking risks, and pushing material or conceptual boundaries – frequently defines avant-garde achievements, professional success, and creativity in general.
This exhibition considers how failure is perceived and successfully reflected in videos, drawings, paintings, poetry, prints, photographs, and sculptures by artists: H Boone, John Brady, Sarah Crofts, Virginia Dal Magro, Ronald Gonzalez, Sarah Kain Gutowski, Lauren Charlene Havel, Tim Hutchings, Stacy Isenbarger, Carla Lobmier, Cory Mahoney, Sharon Pierce McCullough, Jonathan McFadden, JoAnne McFarland, SV Randall, Sarah Sagarin, Thom Sawyer, Zahra Pars, Jeff Slomba, Meredith Starr, Lisa Wicka, Nick Witten, Camila Villa Zertuche, and Annie Chen Ziyao.
The artworks on display were selected from over 1000 images submitted by 131 artists through an open call for entries. The artists were asked to consider this theme of failings through processes that have gone awry, content or subject matter that addresses the idea specifically, or through some other evocation of deficiency or defeat.
All the works included in this exhibition allude, sometimes obliquely and with incredible diversity, to various modes of failings.