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Art Without Limits: Farther Regions
Carson Murdach, Curator

April 22 – May 4, 2014

An artist’s practice can be limited by deadlines, workspace, resources, technology, and, most frustratingly, money. What if an artist was presented with the possibility to create a work of art without limitations? What if an artist had all the financial backing, equipment, materials, and experienced technicians ready to take direction and create his or her vision? What if the creation wasn’t even limited by the fact that they live on Earth, in the year 2013, or subjected to the laws physics, as we currently understand them?

This show explores what is possible for artists free from run-of-the-mill practical and economic constraints, and by the limitations of natural laws, moral codes, and current technologies. In this experiment, artists have resources to execute their dream-projects and the ability to build it anywhere in the Universe! For example, an earthwork on the Moon, or electrifying phosphorescent jellyfish to convey a message in the Pacific Ocean. Unbound by the physical realities of the here and now, the sky is not the limit! Art Without Limits: Farther Regions asks what does an artist do when a blank canvas stretches the entire length of the universe?

Art Without limits: Farther Regions began as a public call for proposals. The invitation was spread by posts on over 50 national and international art commission websites, artist resource sites such as College Art Association and WooLoo.com, Craigslist Classifieds, Sculpture Magazine, and old-fashion word of mouth. Proposals came from 4 continents and 19 U.S. states. Displayed here are 16 conceptions that captured the essence of Art Without Limits.

Carson Murdach, Curator

About the curator

Carson Murdach (born in Tacoma, WA) is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in San Francisco, CA. He holds a BFA from Washington State University and an MFA from California College of the Arts. Murdach’s paintings were featured in the 2007 MFA Annual issue of New American Paintings. Recent exhibitions include NextNew: Green at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Carson Murdach: Course of Empire at Shasta College Art Gallery in Redding, CA, and Ahoy, Polloi! At Outerspace Gallery in Washington, DC.

Participating artists

Beatriz Albuquerque
Laurel Beckman
Adam Blue
Julia DeGuzman
Vanessa N. De Zorzi
Kerby Ferris
Bethann Heinbaugh
Gerald Jupitter-Larsen
Alison Kotzig
Ryuta Nakajima
Caleb Scott Prewitt
Charles Schnider
Daniel Brandt Shay
Liz Tenuto
Strijdom van der Merwe
Anthony Yannone

Exhibitions and visiting speakers programs at the School of Art are supported by generous grants from the Helen Jones Foundation and The CH Foundation, both of Lubbock.  Additional support comes from Cultural Activities Fees administered through the College of Visual & Performing Arts.