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MASON SCHOOL OF ART PRESENTS "CONFLUENCE - 4 FROM THE HAMILTONIAN" ON NOV. 8 - DEC. 1, 2010
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S
COLLEGE OF VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS
SCHOOL OF ART
“CONFLUENCE – 4 FROM THE HAMILTONIAN”
Nov. 8 – Dec. 1, 2010
Opening Reception: Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010 from 6-8 p.m.
Fine Art Gallery, Art & Design Building, Mason’s Fairfax Campus
FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 22, 2010 – George Mason University’s School of Art presents “Confluence,” an exhibition featuring the works of four artists who are present or former fellows at the Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington, D.C., which was founded by Paul So, a faculty member in physics and astronomy in the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason University, who also took art classes in college and paints in his free time. “Confluence” will be on display from Monday, Nov. 8, 2010 through Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010 in the Fine Art Gallery in the Art & Design Building on Mason’s Fairfax Campus. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010 from 6-8 p.m.
“Jonathan Monaghan, Leah Frankel, Michael Iacovone and Lina Vargas De La Hoz all question the modality of what is typical in painting, printmaking and sculpture today, asking for a dialogue between the art and the viewer, and through social consciousness, allowing ideological questions and content to permeate, rather than obviate, their works,” says Walter Kravitz, gallery director.
Monaghan’s work features new media projects, through which he explores a wide range of religious themes. Diving into Christian iconography, he elicits from his viewers a sense of dread or loss, mostly through his depictions of transmogrified corporeal beings. “I create hybrids … which form around Christian mythology, but are placed within the context of video games and Hollywood CGI” negotiating “an uneasy relationship between nature and the man made,” Monaghan says.
Frankel is interested how we, as humans, change or manipulate ecological systems by subjecting materials such as ice to foreign environments such as heated rooms. She focuses on what she calls the “human mark in nature,” saying, “I choose to collaborate with nature. I make studies, which invite nature effects to take their course, and I observe this.” She is interested in the outcome of her work, particularly “what will remain and what the natural systems of the earth will destroy.”
Iacovone is a photographer and video artist, but he says he is also “interested in urban landscapes, mapping and formulas … and in demystifying the artist by revealing [the artist’s] processes.” He has developed directed singular images, but combines them by piecing together montages that combine photographs of various urban scenes that he “discovered” by his strolls and “drifts” through familiar city spaces with maps that show the location of the photographs to document the process, time and experience.
Vargas De La Hoz appropriates ordinary objects and clothing and transforms their functions. She has collected body garments and uses them as material for larger and more flexible tent-like sheathes to cover, and sometimes protect, a larger population. She has also, acting as a kind of magician, done performances in which she changes one object to another as a series of “migrations.” “My work is an experiment between the object and the space, and between the individual and the collective,” Vargas De La Hoz says.
“These four artists draw our attention to physical space, whether it be the urban landscape, or the body itself – dazzling us with the caprice of a changing world and the art that changes with it,” Kravitz says.
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, 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.