Department of Art and Art History Faculty

Jason Urban and Leslie Mutchler’s latest exhibition debuts at Cork Printmaker’s FIRST EDITION Print Symposium

Fri. June 16, 2017

illuminated pink neon in abstract shape
 

On June 16, Leslie Mutchler and Jason Urban will open their exhibition, Babel Unbound, in association with the Cork Printmakers’ FIRST EDITION Print Symposium. Mutchler and Urban have been serving as artists in residence in Cork, Ireland during the month of June and will discuss their creative methodologies and approach to an expanded field of print at the symposium on June 23-24, 2017. 

Their new body of work, Babel Unboundfocuses on ephemeral editions, prints and printed multiples within the context of the library as a curated, collaborative and performed space.

A series of printed works, risographs, xeroxes and screenprints become a publication pulled apart, ephemeral and in-flux, lining walls. Photographs, 3D printed objects and large-scale digital prints break up the monotony of the splayed publication and help to loosely connect, by thread, by memory, by mark, pieces of text, re-paginated essays, screen-captured images, and scans of book spreads. The gallery becomes a circular space without hierarchy; with no beginning and no end; a confused noise made by a number of voices- babel unbound.

image of a cave wall with a single channel video on capture of person turning pg
Performing the Book, Leslie Mutchler and Jason Urban, 2017

Performing the Book, a single-channel video, explores both the tactile handling of Babel Unbound, while bound, and references the magenta-fingered scanning process at Google Books Library Project. With the book in motion, relationships emerge and disapate within seconds, making the magic of browsing visible and highly aesthetic.

gallery wall and pillars with exhibition and booklets lining wall
 

Mutchler and Urban’s work will be on view at the CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery from June 16 – July 8, 2017. 


 

Hyperallergic reviews Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler work at Venice Biennale

Wed. June 7, 2017

black and white image of a woman carving a bust out of clay
Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler, “Flora” (2017), film still, synchronized double-sided film installation with sound, 30 mins, loop (courtesy the artists, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York and Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin)


Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler's latest work Flora (2017) was featured in a review from Gregory Volk of Hyperallergic. Housed within the Swiss pavilion at this year's Venice Biennale, Hubbard and Birchler's film installation was a response to renowned Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti's historical absence within the history of the Swiss pavilion and his exhibition at the French pavilion in 1956 titled Women of Venice

The Guardian features photo essay on Eddie Chambers' new book

Mon. May 8, 2017

black and white photograph of a protest in the streets of Britain during the 70s
Photograph: Ian Showell/Getty Images

"Music, politics and cricket: the rise of black British identity – in pictures" is a Guardian photo essay covering Art History Professor Eddie Chambers' new book, Roots and Culture: Cultural Politics in the Making of Black Britain.

Nicole Awai presents at Lesley Heller Workspace in New York

Tue. May 16, 2017

Image of a collage piece made with nail polish, acrylic paint and paper
Vista 7.2: Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t, Nicole Awai, nail polish, acrylic paint, reflective paper, polyester mesh, horticultural charcoal, construction foam, molded plastic forms and synthetic paper, 2015, 7" x10" x 5"

Assistant Professor of Studio Art Nicole Awai is presenting her exhibition Vistas at Lesley Heller Workspace in May. Vistas is comprised of a series Awai has been creating since the mid 2000s where she has been in part, exploring characteristics of oozing in her work. The exhibition will be on view from May 17 – June 30, 2017.

Michelle Stephens recently wrote about Awai’s work for the journal small axe in the article, “Oozing between Dimensions: Multiple Perspectives on the Real in the Works of Nicole Awai.
 

John Clarke to deliver 2017 J. H. Gray lecture at Cambridge

Thu. May 4, 2017

a white man with gray hair in portrait
Dr. John Clarke

Dr. John Clarke, professor of art history and executive committee member for the Center for the Study of Ancient Italy, has been invited to give this year's J.H. Gray Lecture, a prestigious, annual lecture series at the University of Cambridge. 

Clarke's subject, "The Look of Luxury and the Framework for Commerce at Oplontis," will examine the Roman town of Oplontis (modern Torre Annunziata), a site that like Herculaneum was buried in the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 CE. The lecture will explore two different kinds of building there, one an elite villa and the other a busy centre for the bottling and shipping of wine, and they will demonstrate how modern technologies such as geo-archaeology and isotopic analysis are throwing new light on the most important questions of social and economic history.

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