Conceived as the visual counterpart to the year-long Penn Humanities Forum on Travel, the exhibition “Points of Departure: Inner and Outer Journeys in Contemporary Art” presents over 80 works by 60 artists from the US and abroad. As the title suggests, the show explores representations of travel and its cultural, physical, and psychological connotations in mediums as varied as painting, photography, video, installation, and performance. With works that incorporate materials ranging from food, surprising found objects, sound, and textile, the selected artists offer views on travel that range from apprehensive to idealistically humorous. “Points of Departure” presents travel not as a destination-driven occurrence, but rather as a process, accumulative with its accessories (maps, suitcases), necessities (passports), and memories (photos, postcards, tastes, smells). The artworks are organized according to seven main themes—cartography, mementoes and memory, travel and the body, migrations and displacement, tourism and trade, inner and outer travel, site/landscape—and are exhibited in four interconnected galleries, thereby creating a traveling experience for the visitor traversing the Fox Gallery's spatial expanse. Through these several vantage points, the exhibition investigates different types and means of travel as culturally constructed, economically enabled, politically conditioned, physically experienced, and emotionally sensed.
Statement: 《Itinerary Post》Tracing paper, stamp, adhesive tape Installation 2005~2006 The record is the trace we leave behind, but the process is the time which the trace stays behind. I record and draw my experience on the clothes; it is like the dirt, trace, time on my clothes. And then I will mail it back to the hometown, and let the clothes travel by itself. The trace will preserve on it, and works becomes the traveler. The underwear is one of the participants for creation. When you write on it, it is an interesting relation between the private diary and underwear.