Martin Art Gallery
Peter d’Agostino: COLD / HOT - Walks, Wars & Climate Change
August 27 - November 3, 2018
Public Reception: Wednesday September 12, 5 – 6:30pm
Public Talk: Peter d’Agostino: Monday September 17, 5pm, in the Recital Hall, Baker Center for the Arts
Martin Art Gallery, in the Philip Johnson designed Baker Center for the Arts
Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA.
Contact: Paul M. Nicholson, Gallery Director
This exhibition focuses on the theme of COLD / HOT as it relates to walks, wars and climate change, drawing from a selection of Peter d'Agostino's work, in particular his World-Wide-Walks / between earth & water installations, ICE / DESERTS / WETLANDS.
D'Agostino has performed the Walks on six continents over the past five decades. Initiated as video 'documentation/performances' in 1973, the Walks evolved into video/web projects in the 1990s and mobile/locative media installations in the 2000s, probing and examining climate change during the last decade. World-Wide-Walks explore natural, cultural, virtual identities: mixed realities of walking through physical environments and virtually surfing the web.
As a key to the thematic content of this exhibition, recent Walks performed with 360- degree VR video cameras serve to bridge d'Agostino's use of new media technologies with an earlier work, VR/RV: a Recreational Vehicle in Virtual Reality (1993-94). Portraying simulations of armed conflicts in Asia and the Middle East as a fully immersive interactive virtual reality project with an HMD (head-mounted display) and data gloves, VR/RV appears in this exhibition as a video installation.
In the Anthropocene era, walks, wars, and climate change, as observed on glaciers, wetlands and deserts, become sites of accelerated and enflamed transition, potential zones of stress and conflict. In 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a team of scientists from around the world, confirmed initial indications that human activity caused the Earth's rising temperature.
In Climate Change and Armed Conflict, James R. Lee identifies the resultant symptoms of climate change stress and conflict: loss of arable land, migration, border disputes, resource shortages and shifting energy supplies. Exacerbating the situation, the growing population and proliferation of human civilization across the globe has diminished drastically the reservoir of untapped lands (historically a "pressure valve"). Of those untapped lands remaining, marginal areas like the Arctic and Antarctica might become more habitable leading to even greater conflict for land and resources.
(Lee, 2009, p.6).
Peter d'Agostino's pioneering photography, video and new media projects have been exhibited internationally in the form of installations, performances, telecom events, and broadcast productions for over four decades. He is the recipient of a Leonardo Art & Climate Change project award, 2010-11. Surveys of his work include: World-Wide-Walks/ between earth & sky / 1973- 2012, BizBAK Art Gallery, Bilbao, Spain; Between Earth & Sky: MX (1973-2007), exhibited at Laboratorio Arte Alemeda, Mexico City; Between Earth & Sky, 1973/2003, University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne; Interactivity and Intervention, 1978-99, Lehman College Art Gallery, New York. Major group exhibitions include: The Whitney Museum of American Art (Biennial, and The American Century -Film and Video in America 1950-2000), the Sao Paulo Bienal, Brazil, and the Kwangju Biennial, Korea. His works are in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive, Kunsthaus, Zurich, Foundation La Caixa, Barcelona, Spain; and distributed by Electronic Arts Intermix, NY.
Works in the exhibition are accompanied by a 40 page catalogue
World-Wide-Walks / between earth & water / ICE (2012-14)
Walks along the edge of glaciers, at the top and bottom of the globe in Iceland, Alaska and Argentina witness signs of global warming. Juxtaposed with the walks and a sound score of evolving glacial dynamics are cautionary texts that serve as a counterpoint to the sheer beauty of these places- reminders of the fragility of massive glaciers during our current era of accelerating climatic changes.
World-Wide-Walks / between earth & water / DESERTS (2011-18)
Walks in the four major desert areas of North America. The Chihuahuan Desert includes: Soaptree Yucca plants, fields of petroglyphs, the location of the first Atomic Bomb detonated in 1945 preceding Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as the U.S./ Mexico border separating the sister cities of El Paso
and Juarez. [ In-progress: Mojave, Sonoran, and Great Basin deserts.]
World-Wide-Walks / between earth & water / WETLANDS (2010-18)
Walks focusing primarily on the Florida Everglades and Cuba's Zapata Swamp provide important insights into the effects of the changing climate and issues related to cold / hot wars. The Zapata preserve is adjacent to Cuba’s Bay of Pigs, where the failed invasion led to the most dramatic and dangerous incident of the Cold War - the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962.
VR / RV: a Recreational Vehicle in Virtual Reality (1993-94)
VR/RV explores the displacement and disembodiment of a technologically determined culture which co-mingles video games and computerized war. Reconstructed scenes from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945 are juxtaposed with ‘smart bombs’ used in the Gulf War, 1990-91.
David Mann: In Focus
August 30 through January 2, 2019
Public Reception September 12, 5 - 6:30pm
Artist Talk November 7, 5 - 6pm
Five large works by New York based artist David Mann will be on extended display in the Martin Art Gallery's Baker Center for the Arts Galleria Area. Mann's vivid oil/alkyld works are intriguing in that they are both specific and broad at the same time. While his dramatic paintings include incredible detail, the scale of the subject matter remains elusive - as some appear cosmological in scope, while others appear as though they might be images taken looking through a microscope. Works will remain on long term display throughout the fall 2018 semester, and will include an public artist talk on November 7, from 5 - 6pm, in the Recital Hall, and a public reception on September 12, from 5 - 6:30pm.
David Mann makes abstract paintings which explore the crossroads between abstraction and connections to cosmology and microbiology. Recently he completed a major commission for the new James L. Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology and Neuroscience Research facility on the campus of the University of Utah. Mann received his MFA from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is represented by Margaret Thatcher Projectsin New York City. Prior to showing with Thatcher Projects, Mann exhibited in New York with McKenzie Fine Art, James Graham & Sons and Ledis Flam Gallery. He has had solo exhibitions at galleries around the country, including Zolla Lieberman, Chicago, Elliot Smith, St. Louis, Nina Freudenheim, Buffalo and The National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. His work is in the collections of The Brooklyn Museum, The Albright-Knox Art Gallery Buffalo, NY, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC, The Life Sciences Institute, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, and the New School University, New York. Mann’s paintings have been in group exhibitions throughout the country, including The Brooklyn Museum, and The American Academy of Arts Letters. He has been the recipient of a Pollock Krasner Foundation Award. Before moving to NYC Mann taught in the School of Art at Syracuse University. He has been teaching in the Fine Arts Department at Parsons since 1991.
Public Reception September 12, 5 – 6:30pm
Artist talk October 24, 5 – 6pm
New work in the Galleria September and October
Alumni Art show
August 27 – September 24
Alumni Weekend Reception: Saturday September 22, 3 – 4pm
Featuring work by Muhlenberg Alum Shari Bodofsky ’18, KeriLyn C. Burrows ’72, Hannah Cascio ’15, Jonathan Dale ’73, Scott Fruchter ’72, Joe Kloss ’68, Martha Knouss ’68, Heidi E. Reuter ’03, and Susan Sellers Stanewick ’68
Ongoing Events and Exhibitions:
Roger Loos: Stone Koans
An exhibition of stone works by Roger Loos. Four works remain on display in the garden walk (between Trexler library and Baker Center for the Arts). Exhibition runs through 2018.
Jen Huh : God's Eyes
God's Eyes by Jen Huh will remain on extended loan and is on view in the Baker Center for the Arts Galleria through 2018. Jen Huh is showing five of her God's eyes sculptures as an overhead installation adjacent to the pitched glass atrium ceiling.
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