“During a year when our opportunities for contact with others has been so dramatically reduced, and we have even become hyperconscious about touching objects due to the pandemic, the importance of tactile sensations has become even more potent,’ says photographer John Back who curated the exhibition.
Back is interested in exploring work that invokes tactile sensations, moving beyond texture to include temperature, pressure, malleability, sharpness, vibration – the full range of tactile possibility – whether or not the viewer is allowed to touch the work.
This exhibition featuring 26 works by 12 artists working in a variety of media, including Anthony Bioncoviso, John Back, Monte Coleman, Marilyn Fiala, Gary Jo Gardenhire, Glenn Goldberg, Carol Hepper, Nancy Manter, Mary McDonnell, Sally Rowe, Bonnie Rychlak, and Melissa Zexter.
“I hope the exhibition will reawaken visitors’ awareness and enjoyment of the full range of tactile sensations in the arts – and that this perspective may perhaps inspire a refreshed connection with the natural world and their fellow humans,” says Back.
The activities of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance are made possible in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support from the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.