Summer Exhibition: Edge Condition

June 6 - August 23, 2024
Opening: Thursday, June 6, 6-8 PM

Curated by Matt Bollinger

Hudson D. Walker Gallery

James Everett Stanley, Dreaming Child, oil on canvas, 16 x 12 inches

Participating Artists:

Herman Aguirre
Ellen Akimoto
Taylor Baldwin
Matt Bollinger
Amy Brener
Angela Dufresne
Elizabeth Flood
Heidi Hahn
Ezra Johnson
Arghavan Khosravi
Sam Messer
Simonette Quamina
Anne Clare Rogers
Alexandria Smith
James Everett Stanley
Agnes Walden
Chuck Webster
Phil Whitman
Lisa Yuskavage


Edge Condition

On view from June 6 – August 23, 2024, the works in Edge Condition will also be available for acquisition via Artsy, and a portion of all proceeds will support the Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship Program.

Curatorial Statement

In urban design, an edge condition is a junction where contrasting elements meet—the sidewalk ends in sands and the dunes encroach. When I first arrived at the Fine Arts Work Center, I joined a party of fellows hiking out to a dune shack on the ocean side of the peninsula. The writing coordinator at the time said we had crossed through several distinct ecosystems between the FAWC parking lot and the dunes, where the shack managed, with some seeming precariousness, to hold its ground. In his book, Cape Cod,Thoreau says that the dunes, planted by locals with grasses, grew year by year, sometimes towering up to 100 feet high. Each winter as the northeast wind blew more sands inland in drifts, the grasses were buried just to sprout again in the spring. These thin ligaments filigreed the dunes, holding everything together.

Being in Provincetown at FAWC can feel like living at the end of the world. Year-round residents will help newcomers find their bearings by holding up an arm, flexed as though to show off the bicep, and point to their little finger: you are here. Perhaps it is the remoteness and the time of year (the residency takes place from fall through spring when the summer vacation crowd have gone home), that gives the location some of its special drama. Artists and writers come from all over and live together, sharing their work and their different approaches to making. It’s a space of conversations and intersections.

The works in this exhibition exist in edge conditions, junctions of contrasting elements, ideas, materials, and images. Parts become more than their sum. Past and present, personal and political, organic and synthetic, all join in these works. Some draw attention to the contrast between elements, leaving the seams visible, allowing me to trace back through the history of the object’s making. Others hide their joins under the illusion of continuity asking for a forensic eye. These works create sites where time is condensed, the sidewalk meets the sand, and difference creates dynamic tensions not easily resolved.

Matt Bollinger

Visual Arts Fellow 2009-2010, 2010-2011

All readings and artist talks are held in the Stanley Kunitz Common Room, unless otherwise noted. Our annual summer exhibition, Edge Condition, is on view June 6 through August 23, 2024 in our Hudson D. Walker Gallery. Both venues are located at 24 Pearl Street in Provincetown.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12 PM-5 PM
The gallery is also open by appointment and during all public events.

Parking is restricted to students and faculty staying on site

The Stanley Kunitz Common Room and the Hudson D. Walker Gallery are accessible facilities in compliance with ADA guidelines.

If  you require assistance to access these venues, please call the Fine Arts Work Center at 508-487-9960 ext.101 in advance of your visit.

Sponsored in part by the
 Wolf Kahn Foundation, Arts Foundation of Cape CodCape Cod 5 Foundation, and Massachusetts Cultural Council


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Provincetown, MA 02657

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