January 19 - February 16, 2017, New Media Gallery exhibit, Nathan Huff:Sadness,Sleep, an

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 6:30pm


January 19 - February 16, 2017

VENTURA COLLEGE New Media Gallery exhibit


Sadness, Sleep, and Sanctity

Nathan Huff 

In a US political season that has caused tremors in even the most ardent sleeper’s bedrooms, this installation is based on the negotiation of personal grief felt in the midst of a culture in conflict. As any insomniac may tell you, the state of tension spanning sleep and awake teeters between the mundane and a fantastical challenge of untangling threads of anxiety, contemplation, and resolve.

I once received a gift of brightly colored dishtowels with the seven days of the week embroidered on them. The trite predictability of such an object in such a complicated world surprised me and made me question the implicit narratives of domestic objects around me in new ways. In response, I cut them and reassembled their spelling to reflect a voice for those days that are not what we always wish them to be, “Disappointed Days Dishtowels.”  Altering everyday objects like these towels allows me to explore narratives imbedded in the banal and challenging moments of life.

While I intend these impractical even harebrained scenarios to interrupt our normal reality, I hope that in the suspension they also offer new awareness, engender compassion, and prompt personal action into the unique challenges of this present moment.

 Nathan Huff


Gallery Hours:  Monday-Thursday 10- 4 pm

Event is Free, but you will need to purchase a parking pass at any of the kiosks on campus

Parking $ 2.00

Reception Thursday, January 19th 6:30-8pm.




Ann Bittl 289.6388


New Media Gallery Ventura College