The Domestic Plane: New Perspectives on Tabletop Art Objects
The Domestic Plane documents the interlinked exhibition series of the same name at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, a “meta-group exhibition in five chapters.” Organized by five curators, and featuring the work of more than 70 artists, The Domestic Plane explores tabletop art objects from the 20th and 21st centuries: hundreds of intimately scaled works that shine new light on the relationship between objects and the domestic space, the human body and human behavior.
Extensively illustrated, The Domestic Plane documents works from each of the five exhibitions, featuring art from Janine Antoni, Anthony Caro, Melvin Edwards, David Hammons, K8 Hardy, Tetsumi Kodo, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Ron Nagle, Alice Mackler, Tony Matelli, Mika Rottenberg, Lucas Samaras, Arlene Shechet, Nari Ward, Hanna Wilke and many others.
Major new texts introduce each exhibition and expound on the small-scale art object, from curators Amy Smith-Stewart and artist David Adamo, independent curator Elizabeth Essner, Noguchi Museum senior curator Dakin Hart and Aldrich exhibitions director Richard Klein. The catalogue also includes a new eight-page project by graphic novelist Richard McGuire produced for the exhibition: sequential grids of 128 small line drawings that depict the interrelationship of small objects.