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Art Colloquia for Critical Inquiry, 2012 Spring

Broadly Speaking: Working Across Disciplines

Mira Schor, Feb. 7

Tim Davis, Feb. 21

Jose Lerma, Mar. 6

Sharon Hayes, Mar. 29

See preview article: Four Artists Featured in Arts Colloquia Series

Broadly Speaking: Working Across Disciplines brings together four artists whose interests and creative work transcend the tradition of working in a single medium. These dynamic individuals pursue their creative ideas by exploring multiple strategies of art making as a means of expressing their visions (or point of view). By combining practices, these artists emphasize concept over their commitment to medium, creating surprising bodies of work that illuminate the richness and diversity that defines contemporary artistic practice today.

 
 

Mira Schor, Voice and Speech, 2010

Mira Schor, Voice and Speech, 2010.

Mira Schor

February 7, 6:00 p.m.
Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center

Mira Schor is a painter and writer noted for her advocacy of painting in a post-medium visual culture and for her contributions to feminist art history. Schor’s work balances political and theoretical concerns with formalist and material passions. Her work has included periods in which gendered narrative and representation of the body have been featured; at other times the focus of her work has been representation of language in drawing and paintings. In both painting and writing, Schor's areas of interest include the gendered production of art history, the analysis and praxis of painting in post-modern culture, and the relationship between political and conceptual concerns with the materiality of expression.

 

 

Tim Davis, Still from Compost Pile Freestyle, 2011

Tim Davis, Still from Compost Pile Freestyle, 2011.

Tim Davis

February 21, 6:00 p.m.
Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center

Tim Davis is known for his acute eye for the odd detail and his sense of delight in the strangeness of the world. With a meticulous formal approach to image making, he ventures out into the world to create photographs, video, and writings that invite viewers to share in his delight and to shift their points of view on subjects as varied as the historical and contemporary life of the image, the notion of the monument, politics, and his home town.

 

 

Jose Lerma, Madre Perla V-11, 2011

Jose Lerma, Madre Perla V-11, 2011.

Jose Lerma

March 6, 6:00 p.m.
Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center

Jose Lerma’s artistic practice focuses on issues in painting while fusing strategies taken from drawing, painting, sculpture, and installation. A playful approach to materials brings about surprising juxtapositions of the traditional and contemporary mediums from oil paint to office carpeting and digital keyboards. Lerma takes inspiration from the history of painting and his personal history and seeks to collapse the distance between these two realms by combining imagery from museum works and depictions of people, events, and objects from his past.

 

 

Sharon Hayes, Everything Else Has Failed! Don't You Think It's Time For Love?

Sharon Hayes, Everything Else Has Failed! Don't You Think It's Time For Love?, 2007. Courtesy the artist and Tanya Leighton Gallery. Photo: Andrea Geyer.

Sharon Hayes

March 29, 6:00 p.m.
Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center

Sharon Hayes is engaged in an art practice that uses multiple mediums—video, performance, and installation—in ongoing investigation into various intersections between history, politics, and speech. Her work is concerned with developing new representational strategies that examine and interrogate the present political moment, not as a moment without historical foundation but as one that is always allegorical, a moment that reaches simultaneously backwards and forwards. To this aim, she employs conceptual and methodological approaches borrowed from artistic and academic practices such as theater, film, anthropology, linguistics, and journalism.

 


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