Kim Rugg at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (CA)

Gallery artist Kim Rugg is part of Demarcate: Territorial Shift in Personal and Societal Mapping, a group show opening February 29th at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (CA).

The exhibition brings together 14 artists whose work reflects the awareness of geographical territories and boundaries.

The artists in Demarcate are inspired by cartographic imagery as a formal starting point. From there, each artist takes a different conceptual route, examining themes such as urbanization, the natural environment, the utopia of a unified world where borders are eradicated, and identity as it relates to emotional, social, and political needs to connect with a place.

Individually, the works emphasize the human need to draw geographic lines and to locate oneself in the world. Collectively, they highlight how maps, beyond their pragmatic aspect, tell stories of relationships between a region and an individual or groups of individuals. Serving as visual narratives, the works in Demarcate offer a wider contemplation on how the marking of territory might connect to contemporary issues surrounding gentrification, globalization, nationalism, and war.

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