About the Exhibition
Elevate at 21c presents temporary exhibitions of works by artists living and working in the communities surrounding each 21c Museum Hotel property. Elevate provides hotel guests with unique access to the work of notable regional artists, while featuring their work in the context of 21c’s contemporary art space. To view these works, please stop by the front desk to arrange access to the vitrines on guest room floors.
In the installation on view, Arkansas based artist Sarah Turner uses the manufactured light of neon to replicate the natural light of reflected water in an object recalling intimacy and relaxation; the claw foot tub. The stillness and quiet of an elegant bath, a vulnerable yet comforting space for many, seems at odds with neon, an ever moving and humming frenetic light source wrapped in a history of commodification and advertisement. The electrifying work points to links and divisions between the personal and the public, the manufactured self versus the true self.
Originally from Bentonville, Arkansas, Turner moved to upstate New York to attend the New York College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She fell in love with the embodied nature of light and sculpture, and the relationships she could form to her own body. Turner graduated in May 2021 with a BFA and a minor in Dance. She continues her investigations using neon as her primary medium as an artist in residence at CACHE studios.
Linda Nguyen Lopez (b. 1981, Visalia, California) is a first generation American artist of Vietnamese and Mexican descent. Her abstract works explore the poetic potential of the everyday by imagining and articulating a vast emotional range embedded in the mundane objects that surround us. Lopez received a BFA from California State University of Chico and an MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her works have been exhibited in Italy, New Zealand, England and throughout United States including the Craft Contemporary Museum, Los Angeles; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville; Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach; The Hole, New York; Jane Hartsook Gallery at Greenwich House Pottery, New York and Museum of Art and Design, New York. Lopez is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Arkansas.
With the use of massive sewn installations, Arkansas based artist Danielle Hatch explores themes of domesticity, femininity, and place making. The bright pink frilly fabrics in Hatch’s architectural interruptions recall stereotypical femininity as defined by centuries of fashion trends and beauty standards across the globe. The full encompassing of objects and buildings acts as both a shroud as well as a monument. Reminiscent of kudzu or wisteria, the textiles seem suffocating, powerful, reverent, and breathtaking all at once.
Danielle Hatch is a multidisciplinary artist whose work explores the female body’s relationship to the built environment, notions of artificiality and power structures, through site specific installations, sculptures and performances. She has a BA in architecture from Wellesley College and an MFA in Spatial Studies from UC-Santa Barbara. Danielle currently resides in NW Arkansas with her partner and three boys and works as a community arts programmer.