Mette Tommerup: Full Salute

Nov. 19, 2011 - Feb. 3, 2012

Opening reception Nov. 19, 2011, 6 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Dorsch Gallery is pleased to present Mette Tommerups's solo exhibition, Full Salute.

The Western art world has ushered in an era of post-identity, fueled in part by a need to move beyond the polarizing debates that reached a frenzy in the early 1990s. However, fundamental questions of the role that identity does or does not play in artistic meaning remain unresolved. Mette Tommerup's new series of paintings begins to ask us to see differently. Drawing as much on the still life tradition as images found on the Internet, her paintings depict innocuous, inanimate objects (from vegetables to garden gnomes) that paradoxically double as sexually and racially charged subjects. Object or Subject? Her works stubbornly refuse to answer this question by instead engendering in her viewers a condition of anxiety that denies facile categories of identity.

A brochure will accompany the exhibition. It includes an interview with the artist and an essay by contemporary art historian, critic and theorist Alpesh Kantilal Patel discussing themes of post-identity coinciding with this exhibition. The brochure will be available in print and pdf formats. Mette Tommerup is a painting professor at Florida International University. Recent honors include acquisition of work through the Art Purchase Program at The American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City. Her work can be found in public and private collections nationally and internationally.

Full press release

Full Salute brochure side-A

Full Salute brochure side-B (poster)

The accompanying essay by Alpesh Kantilal Patel begins in the brochure (side-A) then continues on as the brochure's poster (side-B).

Printer-friendly essay text in PDF

Mette Tommerup

Obama Garden Gnome (3/4 Rear View), 2011, oil on linen, 12 x 16 inches

Mette Tommerup

Still Life Tomatoes, 2011, oil on linen, 12 x 16 inches

Mette Tommerup

Still Life Turnips, 2011, oil on linen, 12 x 16 inches