Never not Broken

In the end, everything is resolved, except the difficulty of being, which is never resolved.”

 -Jean Cocteau

Never not broken exhibition at the Ann Arbor Art Center


March 11 to March 26, 2016 at the 117 Gallery


Opening Reception & Award announcement: Friday March 11, 6-9 pm at the 117 Gallery

See some images of this exhibition in Pinterest


The circumstances of life are such that at one point or another something will break us.  The loss of a life, a love, a job, a home, will shake our foundation and we will inevitably crumble.  We then consider ourselves defeated; disheartened and utterly broken. But there is power in the acknowledgment of brokenness.

Never Not Broken is taken from the Hindu Goddess Akhilanda or the ‘Always Broken Goddess’. “Akhilanda derives her power from being broke: in flux, pulling herself apart, living in different selves [and states of being] at the same time, from never becoming a whole that has limitations.” (*1)

“Fluid connections, the celebration of ambiguity and a sense of ritual in chaos… deeply invested in the notion of complexity, this work will explore the arena of [brokenness] as an entree to rapture.  Artists working in this mode push the deconstruction and dissolution of centre, definitions and boundaries to reach the sublime terror [and beauty] of placelessness [and brokenness]” *(2)

Brokenness is not indicative of weakness or inability, but rather can be a strong driving force towards creative output as a means of analysis, internalizing, and coping for many artists.  This show seeks work that was created from a state of, and acknowledges our, Never Not Brokenness.


Anna van Schaap

Selected artists:

Johan Altena, Marcelyn Bennett Carpenter, William Bouwsema, James Burdine, Kelly Burke, Doug Cannell, Valarie Davis, Molly Diana, Emily Dibble, Jill Eggers, Sophie Eisner, Morgaine Fambrough, Emily Franklin, Jennifer Glance, Sunita Gupta, Garin Horner, Kelly Johnston, Anna Kell, Wayne Madsen, Marta Manning, Armin Mersmann, Justin Moore, Danielle ‘DEO’ Owens, Kate Paul, Michael Ross, Sien Collective (Meagan Shein, Siobhan Arnold), Donna Shipman, Susan Sveda-Uncapher, Jessica Tenbusch, E. Ingrid Tietz, Mary-Louise Totton, Cedric van Eenoo, Cody Vanderkaay, Ellen Wilt

Important dates for artists:

Deadline for submissions: Sunday, February 14 by 11:59pm
-Artwork drop off: Sunday, March 6 & Monday, March 7 during gallery hours
– Artists will be notified by email if their artwork is accepted or declined on or before Monday, February 29
-Opening Reception & Award announcement: Friday March 11, 6-9 pm
-Artwork pick-up: Monday, March 28

Questions? Call: 734.926.4128 or email: exhibitions@annarborartcenter.org


(*1) Excerpt from the online article Why Lying Broken in a Pile on Your Bedroom Floor is a Good Idea by Julie Peters, Elephant Journal

(*2) Excerpt from the Essay Beneath the Remains by Shamin M. Momin, The Gothic: Documents of Contemporary Art


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