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Exhibit To Showcase Intersection Between Writing, Art

Nov. 1, 2012
SHSU Media Contact: Jennifer Gauntt

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Five artists whose works ‘line’ up with one another will present those pieces beginning Monday (Nov. 5) in the Sam Houston State University art department’s Gaddis Geeslin Gallery.

Harada's "Wink"
Kana Harada, one of the artists whose work will be on display in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery as part of the "Sand in the Line Exhibit," is known for intricate hand-cut foam configurations inspired by the beauty reflected in nature. Her 2011 work called "Wink" (above) is a 14 1/2" by 9" by 8" hand-cut white foam sheet and mixed media piece that reflects how "Mother Nature is always winking at us." —Photo courtesy of Harada's website, kanakanakana.com

“Sand in the Line,” an exhibition featuring a variety of media exploring line, form and text, will include works by Kana Harada, Jen Hofer, John Pluecker, Dawn Pendergast and Trish Ramsay.

An opening reception for the exhibit, which will be on display through Nov. 29, will be on Thursday (Nov. 8), from 6-7 p.m. in the gallery.

Three of the artists in the exhibition are writers whose work explores the intersection between creative writing and visual art.

A Houston resident, Pluecker combines visual art in the form of video and slide projections with live performances of the spoken word.

Hofer, who teaches creative writing at California Institute of the Arts, creates visual art from newspapers, books and other materials that she finds at thrift stores across the U.S. by stitching her poetry into quilt-like collages that tell stories about places and journeys.

Her work “Uncovering: A Quilted Poem Made from Donated and Foraged Materials from Wendover, Utah,” is on exhibit at the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Wendover through 2012.

Pendergast, a Houston poet and author, is the founder and creator of an independent press. She selects manuscripts submitted by other poets and publishes them in her home studio, designing and hand making the books with found and recycled textiles. A selection of her handmade books will be on display in the exhibition for viewers to read and view.

Ramsay and Harada use unexpected materials such as foam and wire and textiles to create elegant sculptural works that investigate spatial forms, according to exhibit curator Michael Henderson, associate professor of art.

Ramsay uses fabrics, fibers and metallic forms to create linear images on walls and in the landscape.

She will be showing wall pieces in the gallery and will be doing a site-specific installation in the courtyard outside of the Evans Complex on campus to coincide with the exhibition. The landscape installation will be made from more than 1,000 felt balls that were made with the assistance of students in a workshop Ramsay conducted prior to the installation. The site was chosen by Ramsay for the beauty of a large cedar tree that was the original SHSU Christmas tree, Henderson said.

Harada is a Dallas-based Japanese artist known for her intricate hand-cut foam configurations inspired by the beauty reflected in nature.

“Her three-dimensional forms provide a graceful and decorative quality to the exhibition,” Henderson said.

To add dimension to “Sand in the Line,” the artists will work with students in workshops that coincide with the exhibit and showcase their chosen medium.

Pluecker will conduct a “How to cut and paste your way to artistic freedom” workshop on Wednesday (Nov. 7) at 4 p.m. in Art Building F Room 107. Participants will cut up and reconfigure texts to create new works of visual art and poetry.

Pendergast will showcase the art of bookmaking in a workshop on Thursday (Nov 8) at 3 p.m. in the Graphic Design Lab in Art Building E Room 101.

Also on Thursday, before the reception, Pluecker, Pendergast and Hofer will discuss the way that their creative writing informs their artwork during a panel discussion from 5-6 p.m. in the Art Auditorium, in Art Building E Room 108. All of the workshops and lectures are free and open to the public.

Finally, on Nov. 13 at 5 p.m., Ramsay will give a lecture about her work in the Art Auditorium, Art Building E Room 108. The talk will be followed by a reception at the landscape installation in front of the Evans Complex—the side of the building that faces Sam Houston Boulevard—installation from 6-7 p.m.

“Sand in the Line” was organized by Henderson, who is curating the exhibit as part of a series of exhibitions curated by members of the department’s gallery committee.

“The Gaddis Geeslin Gallery is committed to the exhibition of contemporary art that represents a diversity of mediums and artistic expressions,” Henderson said. “We are happy to be able to bring creative visual artists to interact with our students and share their ideas, and we hope that members of the community will use the gallery as a resource as well and take advantage of the opportunity to learn about and experience contemporary art from around the United States right here in Huntsville.”

For more information, contact Henderson at 936.294.1318 or mhenderson@shsu.edu.



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