“I thought it was brilliant and crazy at the same time,” said Marsha Levin-Rojer, after hearing the group wanted to create an exhibition featuring eggs. Levin-Rojer is a Movis member who has a knitted work on exhibition. “I had just finished knitting a cloud out of polyurethane monofilament for a show at Rowan University, so when John Goodyear (a fellow MOVIS member) proposed the idea of HAM & Eggs, I thought he was kidding and I quickly responded ‘Sure, I'll just knit up some scrambled eggs.’ He loved the idea, and the more I thought about it, I decided it would be great fun and I must admit it was.”
The HAM in the “HAM and Eggs” exhibition title stands for Hunterdon Art Museum. Artwork by Movis, a group of artists mostly from the Princeton area, who work in a variety of mediums, will be on exhibition until March 10. The opening reception, on Sunday, Jan. 13 from 2-4 pm, is free and open to all.
Taking Inspiration From Dr. Seuss
Movis member Berendina Buist loved the HAM and eggs suggestion. At first, the group discussed building a theme around the Museum’s slogan as being a center for art, craft and design. “That was the first proposal but it didn’t go over straightaway,”
Movis is comprised of seven visual artists and a composer, Rita Asch, who felt particularly challenged by the theme, Buist said. “She asked ‘What on earth can I do musically with eggs? Compose something with E-G-G? And we said ‘Yes.’ And that’s what she did.”
Visitors attending the exhibition will be able to hear Asch’s composition. Artists Jeff Koons and Clarence Carter – both of whom use eggs in their art – have also been included.
While the exhibition aims to be fun and entertaining, Buist said it has a serious side. “The egg shape throughout art history has always been prominently represented. Perhaps it’s because it’s the birth of life or it’s a perfect shape, or it’s such a basic food. We don’t know but it has always inspired people. Apart from a dot, how can you find a more perfect shape? ”
John Goodyear is another founding member of Movis whose work can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum. This exhibition will feature his “Which Came First?” which is made of egg shells and feathers over wood.
“The work was done with a series of other works, which were constituted of materials closely related to the subjects presented; however, in this case the shells were put on the chicken and the feathers on the egg,” Goodyear said. “This reversal seemed required because there is no simplistic answer to the question of the title. It is a conundrum. Doing something with the egg in this case and in this exhibition seems justifiable since we are all derived from a fertilized egg in the first place and it's possible that we remember this on some psychosomatic level.”
Movis formed in 2006, when John and Anne Goodyear met Margaret Kennard Johnson and Eve Ingalls by chance at a Princeton café at lunch. Their discussion proved so stimulating they decided to make it a weekly event. The foursome quickly doubled and by 2008 they were celebrating their first exhibition at Rutgers University. From there “it just snowballed,”
And about that name, Movis? Buist made it up. “I wanted a word that didn’t exist that would express motion and a quick exchange of ideas. And it stuck.” While it expresses motion for her, for others in the group it denotes being something more than visual.
“I think art is usually meant for people to take a step back and consider where they are and where they’re going, and to have a better look and to be a little more philosophical,”
Other Movis members are Frank Magalhaes and Susan Hockaday.
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