Judged by each of the criteria, “Con-Census” is successful. Previous guest curators in the series have made statements with items selected from the museum storerooms and by their arrangements of those selections. Kelliher-Combs, however, takes items from the museum’s closet--old handmade mittens or mukluks--and deploys them in conjunction with outside material--boot boxes, wine corks, identification cards--in assembled installations that become new and complete artworks in themselves.
“Overflow” is a single container--a fine example of bentwood utilitarian craftsmanship. It is heaped with wine corks. In “Offering,” the filling in the container consists of pull-tabs from the gambling industry.