AGAINST TRADITION: TRENDS IN CONTEMPORARY PRINTMAKING
Against Tradition: Trends in Contemporary Printmaking is a group exhibition which seeks to investigate contemporary printmakers’ interest in the potential of printmaking to engage in a broader dialogue within the visual arts. Working against traditional forms and techniques, today’s print artists are more concerned with experimentation and alternative combinations rather than the continuity of the medium. Printmaking offers seemingly endless flexibility in the creation of new and exciting visual applications and it has established itself as a medium for artists seeking greater freedom of expression.
This exhibition will take place at the University Art Gallery / Indiana State University in March of 2004 and will include the work of thirty artists from across the United States, Canada and Europe. My interest in a project of this nature comes from the dramatic changes that have taken place within the field of printmaking over the past 20 years and reflects my personal interests and experiences within the medium. In addition to the exhibition, I will also be traveling to Scotland to conduct research, look at contemporary print work, talk about the project and foster an international exchange of contemporary printmakers.
* Support for this project is provided, in part, by Indiana State University, the Indiana Arts Commission, and Bradley University.
EXTRAORDINARY THINGS: A STUDY OF CONTEMPORARY ART THROUGH MATERIAL CULTURE
Material Culture is a term originally used by archaeologists to represent “the vast universe of objects used by mankind to cope with the physical world, to facilitate social intercourse, and to benefit our state of mind” (James Deetz). Material culture studies is now an accepted and thriving discipline that considers every aspect of the ways people imagine, create, use, and interpret their physical environment. Material culture studies are diverse and range from traditional formal analyses of artifacts to more contemporary focuses such as gender, consumption, perception, and social self-definition.
* Support for this project is provided, in part, by Indiana State University, the Indiana Arts Commission, Bradley University and Soundview Community Studio. Project exhibitions, lectures and panel discussions are available for travel. Project catalogs are available upon request.
TONGUE AND CHIC: 2 PERSPECTIVES
Tongue in Chic: 2 Perspectives is a collaborative presentation of works by Pamela Ayres and Kaz McCue. The project provides for an unusual blend of contemporary works by this dynamic husband-wife team and features a variety innovative works which play on the relationship between form and concept. Ayres’ work is materially sensitive and contrary while McCue works towards sarcastic insight. Ayres’ artistic background is in painting and sculpture and McCue comes from a background of photography, printmaking and sculpture. Despite the obvious differences in the form of their work, however, the two share a playful approach to subject and presentation.
FREAKS OF NATURE: A PARADY OF ELEMENTS
The Freaks of Nature Project is a visual investigation of the concept of disparity. I began developing this body of work in 2000 in an effort to return to my formal roots in photography while continuing to work with found three-dimensional objects. The photographic images are derived from temporary site installations thta place a variety of found objects in environments that directly contrast them. The installations are then photographed as composed landscapes and digitally enhanced to affect the colors for psychological effect. Once the altered environments have been documented they are dismantled so that the only record for the installations are the printed photographic murals.
* This project is supported, in part, by a grant from the Indiana Arts Commission.
Multi-Media Arts / Interdisciplinary Practices
Material Culture Studies
Visual Culture Studies
Decline Male Gender Roles in Contemporary American Culture