Thursday, July 1, 2010

Departure And Arrivals @ Towson University Curated by Cara Ober

Departures and Arrivals: Investigating the Vocabulary of the Contemporary Landscape

Towson University Summer Artscape Exhibition: July 6--August 7th, 2010

Reception: Saturday, July 17, 2010, 1:30 pm --- 4 pm

Center for the Arts Gallery, Center for the Arts, Towson University

Corner of Cross Campus and Osler Drives, Towson, MD.

Free and Open to the Public.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday—Saturday, 11 am – 4 pm

Artists: Laura Amussen, Zlata Baum & Jamy Sheridan, Isabel Manalo, Kim Manfredi, Katherine Mann, Jiha Moon, and Soledad Salame

Curator: Cara Ober

Departures and Arrivals features artists who cull visual elements from the traditional landscape, but do not make work about the natural world. Rather, the artists harness the familiarity and immediacy of the biological realm in order to explore personal memory, psychological states, and non-physical modes of place. Many of the artists in this exhibit start their process with a traditional landscape painting, photograph, or digital file, but deconstruct, abstract, layer, and edit the image into a completely new product – a departure from the original image. Other artists use an intuitive and formal process of combination and juxtaposition, or a unique system of stylization, in order to arrive at a completely new place, often a hybrid of the physical and psychological world. As our natural environment continues to change, the landscape continues to offer rich and contradictory options to visual artists in unpredictable stimuli, intricate visual detail, and unparalleled power. This exhibition features six artists and one collaborative team who distill the vocabulary of their natural surroundings into a succinct and personal vision.