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FAU Symposium Explores ‘POURing’ Paint

BOCA RATON, Fla. (February 11, 2013) – The University Galleries and the Department of Visual Arts and Art History within Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will present “POUR(paint): a Symposium,” on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Performing Arts Building, Room 101 (adjacent to the Schmidt Center Gallery), 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. The symposium is presented in association with “POUR” an exhibition of nine painters organized and produced by the University Galleries. "POUR" is on view through Saturday, March 23.

The symposium, which is free and open to the public, features two artists participating in “POUR,” Carrie Moyer and Carrie Yamaoka; as well as catalogue contributing writers Stephen Maine and Tyler Emerson Dorsch; and co-curators Carol Prusa and Elisabeth Condon. It explores why, in our digital age, so many painters continue to “pour” paint and how those images resonate with today’s society.

The symposium will begin with an introduction by Prusa and Condon, painters and art professors at FAU and University of South Florida, respectively. Each participant will then discuss their work while essay writers Maine and Dorsch will provide art historical and social interpretations of “the pour” in modern and contemporary art. Maine is a New York-based critic, curator and artist, and Dorsch, a Miami-based art historian and curator, is the director of Miami’s Dorsch Gallery. Moyer is a New York-based artist and an associate professor at Hunter College in New York. Yamaoka is also a New York-based artist and studied at the Tyler School of Art in Rome, in addition to completing a B.A. in studio art at Wesleyan University. After the brief presentations, a roundtable discussion moderated by the co-curators will take place, with audience participation to follow.

“POUR” presents selected works by artists from a span of generations and recognition ranging from international acclaim to those just becoming known in New York, including: Ingrid Calame, Kris Chatterson, Roland Flexner, Angelina Gualdoni, Carolanna Parlato, David Reed, Jackie Saccoccio, along with Moyer and Yamaoka. The 24 paintings in “POUR” present the literal pouring of paint on a surface through a variety of physical methods and conceptual strategies. The practice of pouring paint became popularly known in works by mid-20th century American abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock and was subsequently refined in the 1960s by Helen Frankenthaler’s and Morris Louis’ stained canvases in what is called "Color Field" painting. Perhaps hastened by images of spills and explosions from events such as 9-11 and the BP oil spill, the work in “POUR” represents a swath of abstract painting that has developed with momentum since the late 1990s as also demonstrated by several recent museum and gallery exhibitions including “Step Into Liquid,” Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis Art Institute of Art Design (2006); “High Times, Hard Times,” National Academy of Art Museum (2007); and “Vivid: Female Currents in Painting,” Schroeder Romero & Shredder (2010).

Following the exhibition at FAU, it then will travel to New York City where it will open concurrently at Asya Geisberg Gallery, Chelsea from April 25 to May 24, and at the Lesley Heller Workspace, Lower East Side from April 24 to May 24.

The “POUR” exhibition catalogue is made possible in part by the University of South Florida System Internal Awards Program under Grant No. 0048262. The exhibition and symposium are made possible in part by a grant from The David and Francie Horvitz Family Foundation and are presented in collaboration with the Department of Visual Arts and Art History at FAU. The University Galleries programs are supported in part by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, R.A. Ritter Foundation, Beatrice Cummings Mayer and individual contributors. Museum Education programs are made possible by the Kaye Endowment for Arts Integration.

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. For more information, contact the Galleries at 561-297-2661 or visit www.fau.edu/galleries .

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