Dates of Exhibition: May 24 – June 17, 2023
Opening Reception: Friday June 9, 2023 from 5-8 pm | Rock and Roll Dancing 7-8
Although my work has shifted and changed over time, each body of work is connected by a shared sensibility and history that I strive to integrate into my artmaking. – Lois Schklar
In Rules We Are Taught, Lois Schklar’s intention is to challenge the “truths” we learn as children by playfully disrupting conventional ways of thinking. She has chosen to focus the exhibition on the educational and societal doctrines from the 1940’s and 1950’s, her formative years. The rules we were taught to trust and follow “absolutely” proved limiting to Schklar and many others. It took a long time to break free from their dictates (right, wrong, good, bad) and rediscover the childlike rapture of “play”.
Schklar’s research has informed the work developed for this exhibition and is not limited to a specific medium. A personal challenge was to combine ideas with a variety of techniques and materials while maintaining her minimal approach to making art.
Schklar turns the rules of the gallery upside down through audience interaction. The inclusion of the viewer has become a driving force in her exhibitions since 2014. In Rules We Are Taught, The “Do Not Touch” project encourages the viewer to push, spin and pull.
Schklar acknowledges that some of the educational rules had/have merit and cannot be completely dismissed. She asks the audience to think about what, if anything, has changed in all this time?