Matthew Steele: “ONE”

Matthew Steele: “ONE” will open Monday, January 26 in Pease Gallery. Please join us for a reception with the artist on Thursday, February 5 from 5-7 p.m., and a lecture in Pease Auditorium on Wednesday, February 25 at 6:30 p.m.

Matthew Steele, Monument to Regret, 2014.

Monuments were the first, and are still the most publicly accessible, form of art. With a visual vocabulary that stylistically echoes the commissioner’s culture and time, monuments will typically fall into one of three categories: nationalism, heroism, or tragedy. These celebratory undertones are what separate monuments from public art, which is usually integrated, interpretive, and representative of other ideas.

In this new body of work, Matthew Steele seeks to reclaim the monument from its location specific nationalism. With basic elements like wood and glass, Steele creates models for more universal monuments dedicated to the thing humanity has in common: emotion. Our feelings, our intuitive responses, are what connects us all, pervading the self-imposed separations we adhere to (culture, language, nation, histories, etc.). Fear, joy, futility, vulnerability, indecision, regret, relief; everyone knows those feelings. These monuments represent the human technologies of the self (emotions and responses to those emotions) through architectural vernacular and the aesthetic of function.

Thursday 1/15: A lecture and two receptions

On Thursday, we will host a lecture by Adrian Rhodes in Tate Hall at 4 p.m. She’ll speak about her journey as a printmaker and elaborate on her technique and the experimental approaches she takes.

Following the lecture, we will host two receptions, one for Adrian in Ross Gallery, and the second for New Geographic One, a collaborative Gif exhibition by Dan Romanoski and Eric Hurtgen. Both receptions will take place from 5-7 p.m.

Light refreshments will be served.

Pop-Up Exhibition: New Geographic One

We’re happy to announce our first ever pop-up exhibition, “New Geographic One,” which will take place in Pease Gallery January 14 – 20, with a reception to coincide with the Adrian Rhodes reception in Ross, January 15, 5-7 p.m.

 New Geographic One

Designers Dan Romanoski and Eric Hurtgen explore the intersection of physical and digital space through the medium of animated GIFs. The inherent abstraction of imaging the physical world is accentuated by the action of the endless loop. Mathematically modeled filters systematically destruct these images frame by frame according to preset functions, only to be reconstructed again in a seemingly eternal configuration.