Stamp Gallery | Love is destructive./I need you.

By Editorial Team on July 24, 2023

Fri, July 28 2023 — Sat, August 19 2023

Ashley Jaye Williams, Get Well (2022), mixed media sculpture, 8 x 5 x 10 inches. Courtesy Ashley Jaye Williams.
Opening Reception: Friday, July 28 from 6-8pm

Featuring Arleen Seed, Ashley Jaye Williams, Britt Sankofa, Noah McWilliams, Samantha Van Heest, Sanju Kottapalli, Sara Caporaletti, Trevon Coleman, and Varvara Tokareva.

The Stamp Gallery is pleased to announce Love is destructive./I need you., a group exhibition curated by Kamryn Dillon.

In the voice of the Ordinary Man who grapples with the unknown, Albert Camus writes, “I don’t know whether this world has meaning that transcends it. But I know that I do not know that meaning and that it is impossible for me just to know it… I cannot reconcile it.” Camus’s essay, The Myth of Sisyphus, questions a quintessential part of the human condition: is life worth living? Love is destructive./I need you., whose title is parallel to the alternative ending of the landmark anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, follows the Ordinary Man’s descent into depression, desire for meaning, and finally his choice between rejecting or accepting the Absurd. For this exhibition, the artists explore our persistent struggle juggling an abundance of free will in a world with no tangible answers.

The Stamp Gallery is located on the first floor of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union—Center for Campus Life at the University of Maryland, College Park and is dedicated to exhibiting contemporary art, especially the work of emerging and mid-career artists. Love is destructive./I need you. is part of a series of student-curated exhibitions.

Curator:
Kamryn Dillon, B.A. Studio Art, 2024
Kamryn Dillon’s practice studies the influence of various sociopolitical, psychological, religious, and philosophical binaries on the human perception of reality and our longing for “free will.” An Art History minor, their academic emphasis revolves around explicit and subliminal consumption of Christian ideals and iconography within art and media.

About The Stamp Gallery
The Stamp Gallery supports contemporary art that is challenging, academically engaging, and attuned to broad community and social issues. Through meaningful exhibitions and programming, the Gallery offers outside-of-the-classroom experiential learning opportunities. It functions as a laboratory where emerging artists and curators experiment and work through their ideas. The Gallery’s programming aims to emphasize the importance of process to contemporary artistic practice and to provide a forum for dialogue.

FREE and open to the public.

Hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 12 pm – 5 pm
  • Saturday – Sunday: Closed

More information: stamp.umd.edu/gallery

The Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland is located at 1220B Adele H. Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.