Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 12:00pm
Every two years, the Western Gallery shows the work of the faculty of the Department of Art & Art History and Department of Design. This is an opportunity to see what these highly respected mentors of upcoming artists have been pursuing in their own studios over the previous couple of years.
The 2017 faculty biennial features new visions of artists working in a variety of media—painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, installation, kinetic work, mixed-media, book art, and video. If anything connects the 18 artists in the show, it is their “abiding love for the well-made object,” as one of the artists put it, and their deep concern with cultural and political issues. The works range widely, from explorations of the medium and processes of art making to the probing of social and existential issues, such as the complexities of queer and trans gender identities; and from evocations of the mysteries of natural forces to studies of ecosystems and global warming. Here the faculty does not deliver lectures but presents thinking though making.
The exhibition presents a cross section of the present faculty, introduces newcomers, and honors a retiring faculty, Professor Elsi Vassdal-Ellis, with a small overview exhibition of her limited edition and unique book works.
A series of noon talks are presented in conjunction with the exhibition.
“Bridging landscape and abstraction, my work uses experimental processes and traditional painting techniques to imagine oceans, ice, and earth – from crystalline patterns at the microscopic level to the formation and destruction of landscapes and ecosystems. Interpreting weather, erosion, cracking, melting, the life and death of flora and fauna through visual metaphor, the work dramatizes environmental change, destruction and rebirth. The subject of Island of Ought and Naught is a tiny island off the coast of Iceland where the last great auk was captured and killed. Elizabeth Kolbert compares the island, in The Sixth Extinction, to “the base of an enormous column" with guano from seabirds that give it “what looks like a coating of vanilla frosting.”
Cynthia Camlin received BA from Duke University, MA from The University of Virginia, and MFA from The University of Texas at Austin
“My recent paintings are both a continuation of investigations that have been part of my work for a long time and a new direction that has evolved from the maturing use of my handheld oil paint. These paintings realize an interdependence of mind, medium and process, which become balanced in the present moment, without interruption. The imagery does not come from external observation of form, but rather from an internal exploration that suggests the intangible. Thus, my paintings become their own content while revealing an invisible presence.”
Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. / Saturday 12 - 4 p.m.
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