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August 30, 2010
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Sept. 1-24, 2010

Opening Reception: Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010 from 6-8 p.m.

Fine Art Gallery, Art & Design Building, Mason’s Fairfax Campus


FAIRFAX, Va., August. 30, 2010 – George Mason University’s School of Art presents sculptor Allyn Massey’s new exhibition titled “Float,” which will be on display from Sept. 1-24 in the Fine Art Gallery in the Art & Design Building on Mason’s Fairfax Campus. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 1 from 6-8 p.m.

“Float” features numerous large-scale installations that use ordinary materials such as paper, rubber, steel, fabric and water. Massey chooses these materials for both their emotional weight and formal properties, finding meaning in what the materials suggest and signify. She often pairs materials with their metaphorical or physical opposites, allowing for multiple intepretations by the viewer. Massey is inspired by the ancient cave dwellers who drew familiar objects and places on cave walls, preserving human history for centuries.

“Artists from Paleolithic times have been using an unchanging context to relive the fleeting moment,” said Massey, who has observed that people throughout history have always used art to leave behind permanent reminders of their way of life  “Early humans in caves made marks and drew images to make sense of their world … to develop an intimacy with nature we can only begin to understand.”

“Massey’s installations continue in our collective memories as a tone that lingers beyond the initial sound, as a primordial place in which objects take on the same texture as the space itself,” said Walter Kravitz, the gallery director.

An associate professor and chair of the Department of Art and Art History at Goucher College in Baltimore, Massey received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Corcoran School of Art in 1986 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Rinehart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1989. She is the recipient of several awards and grants, including the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award and a summer research grant through Goucher College to study in Japan. She has had numerous solo shows at galleries and universities throughout Baltimore and Washington, D.C.


About the Galleries

The Galleries are located on Mason’s Fairfax campus. The Johnson Center Gallery is located on the main level of the George W. Johnson Center in the heart of the campus. The Fine Art Gallery is located on the ground floor of the Art and Design Building. The Mason Hall Alumni Atrium Gallery is on the ground floor of Mason Hall on Mason Pond Drive. Galleries are open Mon. through Fri. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., unless otherwise noted, and by appointment. The Concert Hall Gallery is open Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Gallery Program is a division of Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, home to the Center for the Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

About George Mason University

Named the #1 national university to watch in the 2009 rankings of U.S. News & World Report, George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country.  Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university.