WOW x WOW is tremendously excited to announce that its founder, Tim Maclean, has been invited to curate a group exhibition for the fabulous Nucleus Portland Gallery, which will open at their beautiful space in Portland, Oregon on 4th May and will run until 30th May. Entitled, ‘The Infinite Well’, the show will mark the first WOW x WOW curated exhibit hosted in a physical gallery space. WOW x WOW is so very honoured to have had the opportunity to join forces with Nucleus Portland in this regard, as there is a wonderful synergy that exists between our curatorial visions, which also sits alongside a mutual desire for professionalism and a serious passion to showcase the very best art from within the vibrant and ever flourishing New Contemporary scene.
The Infinite Well brings together 28 American artists at varying stages in their careers, all of whom share fantastic technical skill, a love of narrative and the ability to immerse viewers within wonderful visions, be they outlandish and surreal or comfortingly familiar.
Continuing WOW x WOW’s tradition of curating unthemed exhibits, The Infinite Well has provided participating artists with the opportunity to contribute pieces from their ongoing personal bodies of work. Allowing creative minds the freedom to explore without restrictive parameters is at the core of the WOW x WOW ethos, as it enables the creation of the most honest, powerful and liberating work that an artist will ever produce.
The show title is a metaphorical nod to the deep reservoir of inspiration that artists draw from. Encompassing everything from feelings, emotions, dreams, relationships, memories, social events, cultures and history, the list of stimuli which can inspire and provide fodder for the imagination, stretches to infinity.
Simultaneously and literally speaking, a ‘well’, typically contains water, which symbolises life, and in the context of the act of creation, is very fitting indeed. Throughout history, as it was often located in the centre of a neighbourhood, the well also came to symbolise community, which neatly ties in with this show. Community provides excellent opportunities for everyone and facilitates the sharing of ideas and feelings, in turn generating connections and continued growth, something which this show is a testament to.
At a time where online exhibitions are becoming more commonplace, WOW x WOW feels that it’s important to show solidarity with brick and mortar galleries, and highlight the fact that the physical and the virtual can work together in harmony, mutually engaging audiences and supporting the arts. Both gallery models have the ability to co-exist and provide varying benefits to both the artists they work with and the collectors they provide for, making for stronger international networks and a blossoming New Contemporary community.