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Current Exhibitions

Marian University Student Art Exhibition: Make It Strange

Explore the strange and singular artistic visions of Marian University art students. This art exhibition is comprised of a variety of media with a flair for the extraordinary.

Exhibit Dates: February 26 - April 12
Reception Date: Friday, February 27, 5 - 8 pm

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Shane McAdams: Before the Weight Can Leave the Air

The work in Before the Weight Can Leave the Air reflects a year of exploration of unconventional, overlooked, often industrial materials that he has refined and reintegrated into more traditional contexts. The collision of these diverse, seemingly incompatible elements and materials force the viewer to question basic presumptions of what is natural and what is unnatural in a world where nature and culture are often placed uncomfortable side-by-side. 

Certain representational elements in McAdams’ hybrid paintings read as more naturalistic that others, though, by framing these passages with process-based events, he forces a reevaluation of their status. Is the disintegrating pink polystyrene more or less convincing as landscape than the simulation of space in the traditional painted landscape?  Is the, resin and ballpoint pen more natural when subjected to the invisible hand of nature and physics?

Is landscape more a postcard or a petri-dish?

McAdams work addresses these questions by looking at the idea from linguistic, historical, technical and material perspectives.

Exhibit Dates: February 26 - April 11, 2015
Reception Date:  Friday, February 27, 5 - 8 pm

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Erik Benson: Night Moves

Erik Benson’s paintings emerge from odd fragments and skewed glances of the urban landscape. They are rooted in the familiar even pedestrian imagery one often takes for granted, but they take on a more idiosyncratic presence in his hands. Each composition inhabits a peculiar crease between generic and specific, universal and personal.

Benson builds his compositions by slicing and collaging pieces of poured acrylic medium. His unique assemblage process functions as an analog for how an arbitrary place builds into a cultural site through the accumulation of material freighted with meaning.

The work in Night Moves specifically delves into these issues of place in a nocturnal setting. Distant windows, silhouetted basketball hoops, and sulfur street lights eerily glowing add a veil of mystery and ambiguity to his already suggestive work about the urban landscape.  

Exhibit Dates: February 26 - April 11, 2015
Reception Date: Friday, February 27, 5 - 8 pm

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