Thursday, April 13, 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.
“During the past nine years, my artistic practice has made use of popular imagery to examine mass media, material culture and consumerism. In particular I am interested in the vast number of products available for purchase online today and the contemporary buying behavior that results from computers offering a 24-hour shop window. This modern convenience of online shopping has led me to create work that reinterprets this experience and the items for sale, while exploring themes of desire, security and happiness, within contemporary culture.”
Lisa Turner received MFA specializing in Printmaking from the University of Alberta (Edmonton, AB) and BFA from NSCAD University (Halifax, NS).
“I use and reuse my expansive library of hand-cut woodblocks to create large-scale, multi-block prints. I utilize stencils, isolating sections of blocks to connect printed elements like puzzle pieces. The prints often illustrate turbulent forces, chaos, and expulsions, which conjure connections to the natural processes within biology, chemistry and physics. More poetic than scientifically accurate, the prints fabricate their own rules and language. On a grand scale they allude to the mystery of natural forces and fictionalize all that exists beyond the limits of our perception.”
Christopher Hartshorne received BFA in Illustration from The Columbus College of Art and Design and MFA in printmaking from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia.
Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. / Saturday 12 - 4 p.m.
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