FAU Presents the Second Installation of ‘southXeast: contemporary southeastern art’
BOCA RATON, Fla. (January 13, 2014) – The University Galleries in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters presents the second installation of “southXeast: contemporary southeastern art,” at the Ritter Art Gallery on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. The exhibition will open on Friday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. with a “gallery talk” featuring artists whose work is on display in the Ritter. These include Rachel Avena Brown, Joshua Dudley Greer, Adam Forrestor, Ernesto Gomez and Claudia Scalise. The exhibition will be up through Saturday, March 1 and all events are free and open to the public.
“southXeast: contemporary southeastern art” is an exhibition featuring emerging and underrepresented mid-career artists from several southeastern states. This is the fourth edition of this exhibition, which has been presented every third year since 2005. Co-curated by Rod Faulds, University Galleries Director, and guest curator Sybille Canthal Welter, the exhibition results from a thorough review of hundreds of artists recommended by curators, critics, past southXeast artists and FAU art faculty. A description of the artists’ works to be exhibited in the Ritter follows.
- Louisiana textile artist Rachel Avena Brown is creating a site-specific work titled “Born Still” that explores the artist’s continued examination of repeated patterns, referred to as ‘fractals,’ as a means of communication within our human experience.
- Tennessee based photographer Joshua Dudley Greer will exhibit his series “Point Pleasant.” Using an 8 x 10 camera, the artist has been recording “the ruins of a once monumental military-based industrial complex” in West Virginia. The photographs are stunning, haunting and nearly void of life.
- Photographer and Video artist Adam Forrester from Alabama will present “Adopted Obstructions,” which is current video work from a series that investigates the idea of “futility and utility” through the act of assuming different personas in a variety of seemingly fruitless tasks.
- Sculptor, sound artist and musician Ernesto R. Gomez from Georgia has created “A Building Pulse 2013/14,” a sound piece specifically developed for this exhibition in which the viewer is invited to experience the “spatial volume of buildings” in his listening room.
- Miami-based visual artist Claudia Scalise’s works are minimal and slight, however they still capture the delicate and often unseen nuances in her landscape of Miami and her memories of Los Angeles where she was born and raised.
- Works of visual artist Angela Driscoll from Louisiana will present, graphite drawings, hand-drawn animations and photography with sound that presents her interest and fascination of “information systems” as reflected within the sciences.
- Bethany Springer from Arkansas will present her multimedia installation titled “Seismic Reflection” (2013), which invites the viewer to further explore our constantly changing and often-dysfunctional landscape.
“SouthXeast: contemporary southeastern art” will continue with its third and final presentation at the Schmidt Center Gallery from Saturday, Feb. 22 through Thursday, Mar. 27. In addition to the works being presented at these galleries, the exhibition includes a multimedia installation by Miami-based artist Felecia Chizuko Carlisle in the Schmidt Center Gallery Public Space.
The University Galleries at FAU are open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays, from 1 to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. Group and class tours are welcome during public hours as well as at other times scheduled by appointment. Galleries exhibitions are sponsored by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. For more information, call 561-297-2661, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.fau.edu/galleries.
-FAU-Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.