Exhibit: 'Monster Energy' by Caitlin Cherry
March 23—April 30, 2017, Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri 11:00 am-4:30 pm
March 23—April 30, 2017, weekends 2:00 pm-5:00 pm
University Museum of Contemporary Art
UMass Amherst Campus
Celebrate an exhibition of digital prints, lithographs, and mixed-media maquettes by the Brooklyn-based artist Caitlin Cherry, who was nominated by the renowned artist Kara Walker to be the artist-in-residence for a printmaking project at UMass in January.
Cherry begins her process by creating small architectural maquettes that she populates with clay monsters called “golems” among narrative scenes constructed from paper. The exhibition’s title, Monster Energy, is a visual pun between her monstrous golems and the Monster Energy® cans that vary in color, flavor, and calorie content in each maquette (and subsequent digital print). The story that forms the exhibition tracks the burning down of a quintessential New England colonial home that Cherry was inspired to create after admiring the architectural landscape during her travels through Massachusetts. The fire’s energy crescendos and changes the overall tone and atmosphere in each print as the house eventually turns to ash and the golem loses its life. The narrative never reveals the acting agent that caused the house fire, but it implies arson and is a possible allegory for the institutional dismantling and critique present in much of Cherry’s work.
The results of Cherry’s project will be on view in tandem with "Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power" through April 30.