TJ Hunt Breaking Ground

January 20, 2012 – February 25, 2012 Gracie R. Cavnar Gallery

TJ Hunt’s work is concerned with artistic identity and utility, investigating what it means to self-identify as an artist in the current age of ever-expanding artistic pluralism. She attempts to place her work in dialogue with canonical artworks of the past in order to examine her own position in an art historical lineage, often resulting in absurd or overly literal situations. For Breaking Ground, Hunt’s subversive and humorous gestures against boundaries in the physical landscape become a vehicle for exploring ideas of ownership—physical or otherwise—and appropriation. The resulting installation relies on the gallery as contextual site for the relocation of materials, addressing these ideas through a visual language that is at once iconically familiar and absurdly self-reflexive.