As exhibition titles go, “Meticulosity” is more of a speed bump than an open door or clearly marked path. The term looks familiar but sounds odd. It compels us to slow down, proceed with care.
“We tried to stake out a word that’s not commonly used, so people wouldn’t bring a fixed meaning to it,” explains writer and independent curator John David O’Brien, who organized the group show at Otis College of Art and Design’s Ben Maltz Gallery with director Meg Linton. “Meticulosity” is an antiquated term for “scrupulousness,” with origins in the Latin root for “fearful” — a nod, write the curators in their manifesto-like catalog essay, to the urgency and meaning that are at stake in the art they’ve gathered.
“Meticulosity can frame the ideas behind the work and the process the artists use, a weaving back and forth between solutions,” says O’Brien. “We describe it as a meditative process. It’s a painstaking exactitude.”
The show, which was scheduled to open Saturday and runs through July 7, features 11 Southern California-based artists working in a range of media: painting, digital collage, stone sculpture, altered textiles, installation, photography and video. They span several generations, from Samira Yamin, not quite 30 and yet to have a solo show, to Arthur Taussig, who has been exhibiting since the ’70s. Their work engages subjects across the spectrum from the personal to the political. What they have in common, according to the curators, is an approach that tightly fuses the visual and the conceptual.
Much art throughout history would fit this description but less consistently so the art of the last 40 years. The rise of conceptualism in the late ’60s tipped the balance toward art that is more about crafting ideas than objects. The increasing academization of the art world and the shift, among many artists, to a practice that involves actions outside the studio rather than objects made within it, have reinforced that notion of divergence: beauty headed in one direction, brains another. Either/Or. “Meticulosity” makes a case for And.
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