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Claire Ashley: Night Vision

Feb. 15 – March 17, 2017

ARTIST TALK RECEPTION

Wednesday, Feb. 15  
5pm
Visual Arts Building, Room 2071

Reception follows
6-7:30pm  
Center for Art & Theatre

Chicago-based artist Claire Ashley’s large-scale inflatable paintings/sculptures combine humor, acidic color, and pop culture references in rebellion to art world tradition.

STATESBORO, Ga. – Inspired by Grace Jones’ iconic 1981 album “Nightclubbing,” Chicago-based artist Claire Ashley’s “Night Vision” uses humor, acidic color and absurd pop culture references to create large-scale inflatable painting/sculpture-hybrid work that rejects longstanding art world traditions. The exhibition will be presented at Georgia Southern University’s Contemporary Gallery at the Center for Art and Theatre from Feb. 15 – March 17. A lecture and reception will be Feb. 15. The Artist Talk will begin at 5 p.m. in Art Building, room 2071, with the reception to follow immediately after, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Center for Art & Theatre.

“I wanted to bring Claire’s work here because it’s got a good combination of being challenging, while at the same time being fun and engaging. Art that poses big questions like what is art? or why is this art? Can sometimes be dull or stuffy, but Ashley’s work is anything but,” said Gallery Director Jason Hoelscher. “The notion of a painting as an inflatable surface (rather than a flat plane) is an interesting one from a theoretical point of view, but is also just plain fun to engage: who doesn’t feel a bit like a kid again when surrounded by big, weird, inflatable objects?”

Ashley’s work is deeply feminist, and is particularly invested in exploding the structural possibilities of abstract painting, expanding kinetic possibilities for monumental sculpture and enlivening the dialogue around contemporary art by utilizing a deliberately egalitarian collection of humorous and formal entry points for multiple communities to engage with her work. “Night Vision” will transform the gallery into a nightclub-like setting using projections and internally lit inflating/deflating “breathing” painted sculptures.

“Claire Ashley’s work combines large scale–often considered, or at least intended to be read as, a sign of big, serious art–with a sense of fun and engaged interaction. The objects are painterly in ways that light up an art critic’s brain with interesting questions and problems, while also lighting up the pleasure or fun center of the brain. Much fun art is shallow, much ‘deep’ art isn’t necessarily fun or viscerally interesting, but Ashley’s work manages to bridge these divides,” said Hoelscher. “For that matter, as more and more of our cultural objects dissolve into the immateriality of screen space, there’s a real, visceral pleasure in being around objects and tangible things. With Ashley’s work the fun becomes serious, the serious becomes fun, and the two combine to pose important questions about, and challenges to, what we have come to expect from art experiences in this second decade of the 21st century.”

All events are free and the public is invited to attend.

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Lee Renninger

Jan. 9 – Feb.3, 2017

 ARTIST TALK

Thursday, Jan. 19  
 5-6pm
Visual Art Building, Rm 2071

RECEPTION

Thursday, Jan. 19  
 6-7:30pm
Center for Art & Theatre

 
Visiting artist makes visual art that “sings”

The Georgia Southern University Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art will present Lee Renninger’s Botanica in the University Gallery at the Center for Art and Theatre from Jan. 9 – Feb. 3. Botanica is a series of ceramic installations which explore the sense of play and lightheartedness inherent in the garden.

In 2013, Renninger began playing around with leftover parts from some of her past art installations. Laying them in stacks and trying different configurations, she turned them into humorous, colorful landscapes that were so addictively fun she was compelled to make more. The resulting pieces initiated the series, Botanica, a body of work that incorporates the rich color, detail and lavish qualities of the floral world to explore play and wonder—sometimes even in the darkest of contexts.

“I’m very excited about showing Renninger’s work,” said Gallery Director Jason Hoelscher. “Her approach to ceramics is quite different from the way we typically understand ceramics. I think most people think of a particular object, whether a cup or a sculpture, but few think of ceramics as a field of objects–less as something specific to focus on relative to a background, and more of lots of things to focus on all at once. Lee’s work is very exciting from a conceptual standpoint, and–of equal or greater importance–is lush, gorgeous and pleasing to the eye.”

The public is invited to a lecture and and reception on Thursday, Jan. 19. The Artist Talk will begin at 5 p.m. in Visual Arts Building, room 2071 and the reception will follow at the Center for Art & Theatre at 6 p.m.

The Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art (BFSDoArt) is committed to offering quality undergraduate and graduate degree programs that prepare students to become professional artists, designers, art historians and industry leaders. The BFSDoArt is recognized as an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). For more information, visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu/art.

The Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art (BFSDoArt) is committed to offering quality undergraduate and graduate degree programs that prepare students to become professional artists, designers, art historians and industry leaders. The BFSDoArt is recognized as an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). For more information, visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu/art.

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Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers more than 125 degree programs serving more than 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelors, masters and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered and hands-on approach to education. GeorgiaSouthern.edu.

 

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Last updated: 2/6/2017

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