Visual Arts Program

Saturday, March 6, 2010 — Friday, April 16, 2010

Heather Layton

Preparing To Lose

Heather Layton - <em>Preparing To Lose</em>
Heather Layton - <em>Preparing To Lose</em>
Heather Layton - <em>Preparing To Lose</em>
Heather Layton - <em>Preparing To Lose</em>
Heather Layton - <em>Preparing To Lose</em>
Heather Layton - <em>Preparing To Lose</em>
Heather Layton - <em>Preparing To Lose</em>

In a culture addicted to win/win, "we're No. 1" scenarios, Heather Layton's Preparing To Lose drawings are imagined as counter-narratives to the cultural norm. Her ambiguous and unidentified characters are fragile, but not fear-ridden. They are part of a team that is not going to win, but persist in trying. Their honest failures and awkward moments are intended as a refreshing alternative to the straight-faced assertions of power and perfection that permeate most part of american culture. Layton's characters have no grandiose proclamations to uphold, no aggressive assertions of certitude, no riches to declare. They inhabit stories that don’t lead to triumph and are not amongst those who rise to the glittering top of the glittering heap, but they exist as a self-propelling engine of pluck and persistence whose achievements (and identities) remain unclear but whose actions and efforts appear to demonstrate a communal, collective effort—trying regardless of the possibility of eventual failure.

Some publications related to this event:
Heather Layton: Preparing To Lose - 2010
March, 2010 - 2010

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