Group Exhibition July 11-31, 2013
Opening July 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. as part of Art Walk.
Secor Gallery, 425 Jefferson Avenue, Toledo, OH
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As part of Art Walk, the exhibition, Transcending Text, brings together four award winning and internationally exhibited artists who explore the disconnection between text, language and meaning on July 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Secor Gallery.
Barbara WF Miner (UT – Head of Studio Art & Foundations, Associate Professor 2D/3D Studies – Interdisciplinary Art)
Barbara WF Miner’s encaustic paintings use text as abstract symbols: letters, characters, cuneiforms and hieroglyphs. When a letter or a pictograph is separated from the rest of the communication system, it becomes unintelligible and is cast adrift from concrete meaning like a discarded implement.
Barbara Miner currently holds the position of Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Art, at the University of Toledo, in Toledo, OH. Her mixed media and installation works have been exhibited nationally and internationally in over 50 exhibitions. She has participated in numerous national and international artist’s residencies. She has received both internal and external grants in support of her research and art practice.
Barry Whittaker (UT – Assistant Professor of Art, New Media Design Practices)
Barry Whittaker’s work explores the challenge in communication, especially when there is technology involved. He says, “It’s the equivalent of deconstructing all one’s thoughts in a food processor and handing the pieces to one person who will deliver them to another person, who will reassemble them for the intended recipient of the message. The hope is that he will get the idea of what is being said, but it is likely that important parts will be missing.”
Barry Whittaker is a multi-media artist who explores myth, language, and miscommunication through a variety of technology and collaboration-based projects. A native Texan, he received a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Whittaker has taught in the U.S., France, and Japan and continues to exhibit artwork internationally. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Toledo.
Holly Hey (UT – Associate Professor of Film)
Holly Hey’s “MOM MOM” is a moving image loop that simultaneously contemplates and confronts social, cultural, and familial notions of the word “mother.”
Holly Hey is an “undependent” filmmaker and an experimental weaver of media who strives to undermine conventional methods for telling stories via the moving image. She is currently an associate professor of film and video production within the Department of Theatre and Film at The University of Toledo. She holds a MFA in filmmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA in photography from Ohio University. Her films and videos have shown at the Autumn Lights Festival -Los Angeles, the Mix Festival – New York, the Onion City Film Festival – Chicago, the Denver International Film Festival, the Athens International Film and Video Festival, the Vancouver Queer Film and Video Festival, among other venues.
Lee Fearnside’s installation examines censorship by using books from the American Library Association’s challenged book list that the artist has read. Her use of media examines systems that underlie our culture including issues of gentrification, the politics of history, and the body.
She earned her Masters of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and is now an Assistant Professor of Art at Tiffin University. She has exhibited in national and regional juried shows, and her videos have screened at Film Festivals in Boston, San Francisco, Portland, Oregon and Toronto, and on Rhode Island PBS.
For additional information about Transcending Text, contact KC at 419-514-7496
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