When: Feb. 16-June 1 2018
Around the time he stepped away from his twenty-year tenure as founding director of Raleigh gallery Lump, Bill Thelen struck out for an artist residency in a hotel in Oaxaca. He brought two books with him, Huysmans's decadent Against Nature and Wayne Koestenbaum's Hotel Theory, an experimental philosophy of hotel life. The result is Thelen's own Hotel Theory, an exhibit opening this Third Friday in 21c Museum Hotel's Vault Gallery, where it will reside until summer. Consisting of drawings, collages, wall paintings, and a new fiber piece, the exhibit tracks an artist "immersed in the colors and textures of the Oaxacan landscape and facing middle age" as he observes the lines of history, place, and personal identity from a rented room, a space (like middle age) that, in its nowhere-ness, offers fresh vantages. —Brian Howe
Correction: This post originally stated that Thelen previewed Hotel Theory at the Rubenstein Arts Center's grand opening. In fact, Thelen showed a piece that was unconnected to Hotel Theory at the Ruby opening.