Martin Art Gallery
August 28 – September 24
Annual Alumni Art Show in the Galleria
Clifford Owens Artist Talk
5 – 6pm in the Recital Hall
September 16 – November 18
Distinguished Alumni Exhibition
Opening Reception Alumni Weekend
Saturday September 16, 2-3pm
Artist talk: November 1, 5:00 – 6:30pm in the Recital Hall
September 1 – January 10, 2018
Baker Center for the Arts Atrium
Reception 10.18 5-6:30pm
Gelah Penn: High Tide
October 8 – January 10, 2018
Detail from studio.
Reception 10.18 5-6:30pm
Artist Talk 12.6 5–6pm in the Recital Hall
Gelah Penn's High Tide is a site-responsive installation in which the artist deploys a variety of synthetic materials to "invade, interpret and confound" the architectural parameters of the Philip Johnson-designed Baker Center for the Arts at Muhlenberg College. Penn will transform the skybridge using plastic garbage bags, foam rubber, Mylar, acrylic paint, mosquito netting, polyester, foiled thermal insulation and other materials to expand the language of drawing to this unique three-dimensional space.
Gelah Penn’s recent solo and group exhibitions include the Amelie A. Wallace Gallery/SUNY Old Westbury (Old Westbury, NY); National Academy Museum, Lori Bookstein Fine Art, Foley Gallery, Equity Gallery (New York, NY); San Francisco Art Institute (San Francisco, CA); Weatherspoon Art Museum (Greensboro, NC); Bibliotheque Municipale Louis Nucera (Nice, France); and Carl Berg Projects (Los Angeles, CA). Her work is in the collections of the Weatherspoon Art Museum (Greensboro, NC), Columbus Museum (Columbus, GA), Brooklyn Museum Library (Brooklyn, NY) and Gund Library/Cleveland Institute of Art (Cleveland, OH). Reviews have been published in Art in America, The New York Times, artcritical.com, The Brooklyn Rail and a feature in Sculpture magazine. Penn has received a Tree of Life Individual Artist Grant and fellowships from the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. Her work will be included in "Materiality: The Matter of Matter" at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (Rockland, ME) in November 2017.
Artist Talk 5 – 6pm in the Recital Hall
November 29 – January 15, 2018
Chris Coleman and Anthony Panzera in the Martin Art Gallery
Chris Coleman's Secure Shell Copy series captures the complexity of our evolution towards increased digital existence. Our biological bodies will adapt over time to deal with the constant electromagnetic pulses, carrying slivers of who we are and what statistics suggest we should be. The works begin as a digital scan of the body, taken at a specific moment in time and representative of an infinitely thin surface. Various algorithms reduce the information to the point where the figure is barely recognizable. The shell is then infused with data, expanding and contracting as it tries to accommodate the flux of information, ever shifting like sand in the desert.
Chris Coleman was born in West Virginia, USA and he received his MFA from SUNY Buffalo in New York. His work includes sculptures, videos, creative coding and interactive installations. Coleman has had his work in exhibitions and festivals in more than 20 countries including Brazil, Argentina, Singapore, Finland, the U.A.E., Italy, Germany, France, China, the UK, Latvia, and across North America. His open source software project developed with Ali Momeni, called Maxuino has been downloaded more than 75,000 times by users in over 120 countries and is used globally in physical computing classrooms. He currently resides in Denver, CO and is a Professor of Emergent Digital Practices at the University of Denver.
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