The Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery will host the exhibition, “The Idiosyncratic Pencil Resharpened,” from Jan. 24 to Feb. 28.  

“The Idiosyncratic Pencil Resharpened” is an experimental, “cross-platform” group exhibition. It consists of original works transmitted digitally and presented as archival black and white prints. This will be the second iteration of the innovative and well-received “The Idiosyncratic Pencil” at Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery in January and February 2018.

“The Idiosyncratic Pencil Resharpened” is both an “assessment and a dare, both a temperature reading of the moment and an invitation to entangle,” said Ann Stoddard, gallery director and chief curator of the project.

The exhibit is inspired – variously and in part – by William Henry Fox Talbot’s prescient 1844 “The Pencil of Nature”; the Dadaists; Ray Johnson’s New York Correspondence School in the 1950s; Wallace Berman’s “Semina”; and the Fluxus movement of the 1960s. Each is a radical break from past methods of art production.

“‘The Idiosyncratic Pencil Resharpened’ is the contemporary artist’s response to the whirlwind evolution and mutation of image-making in this topsy-turvy, post-internet, media-mad, and over-stimulated epoch,” Stoddard said.

Guest curators invited to participate in the organization of this exhibition are Nicole De Armendi, art historian at Converse College, and Manuel Schmettau, independent curator and artist.

More than 50 national and international artists will participate.

About the Harper Center Gallery

The Harper Center Gallery is host to four exhibitions annually — two exhibitions of work from nationally/internationally recognized artists, the Senior Art Major Exhibit, and the Annual Student Exhibit. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., excluding holidays; admission to the gallery is free. For more information, please contact Ann Stoddard at 864.833.8635