SCAD Museum of Art presents "To-Day, February 20th," an exhibition by Berlin, Germany-based Mexican artist Mariana Castillo Deball. The work of Castillo Deball utilizes methodologies similar to social sciences such as anthropology and ethnography, and considers the problem of visualizing the intangible, like events, histories and knowledge. The centrality of research in her projects leads to long artistic processes and collaborations with specialists, and culminates in exhibitions and publications that have strong bonds with specific sites and idiosyncrasies.
For her exhibition at the SCAD Museum of Art, Castillo Deball presents the most recent iteration of the project "To-Day," which combines historical research about a specific site and a physical form that contains this research, which the artist calls a "fictional character."
This ongoing project is founded in a set of parameters that the artist herself has set:
"Each time the piece takes place, the character is shaped by this one-day history. It is important to mention that the date is decided by the situation and not by the artist. The date always coincides with the official opening of the exhibition, in this case the 20th of February. The documentation and visual material departs from newspapers, travel logs, birthdates, obituaries, holidays, observances and any other traces related to this particular date. 'To-Day' is an archive of events, with an arbitrary point in common. The piece will be completed after 365 editions."
For "To-Day, February 20th," Castillo Deball presents a modular staircase structure that has been designed by the artist specifically for Gallery 109 within the SCAD Museum of Art. This structure is covered with a pattern that the artist has created in relationship to the research about the history of Savannah and the date. Visitors are encouraged to interact with the structure by transiting, climbing or sitting on it. Therefore, "To-Day, February 20th" reacts both to the architecture of the museum and the history of Savannah, while it considers objects as histories and histories as objects.
A limited-edition artist-designed newspaper, which visually narrates the historical research, is distributed freely in the gallery.
"To-Day, February 20th" is organized by Humberto Moro, SCAD curator of exhibitions, with assistance from Rebecca Chadwick, exhibitions coordinator, and Amanda York.
The exhibition is free for all museum members, and SCAD students, faculty and staff with a valid SCAD Card. Open to the public with the cost of museum admission.
This exhibition is part of SCAD deFINE ART 2018, held Feb. 20-23 at university locations in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia, and Hong Kong. SCAD deFINE ART is an annual program of exhibitions, lectures, performances and public events that highlights emerging and established artists and visionaries.