The Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery will host the exhibit The Idiosyncratic Pencil from January 24 to February 24. Admission is free and open to the public. The Harper Gallery is located in the Harper Center for the Arts on the PC campus.
The Idiosyncratic Pencil is an experimental group exhibition. It is inspired by the 1960’s Fluxus art movement and William Henry Fox Talbot’s groundbreaking 1844 The Pencil of Nature. Both are radical breaks from past methods of art production.
“It is a fun and curious exhibition,” said Ann Stoddard, the gallery director and curator. “As we are all familiar with the immediacy of communication and sharing information, images via the internet, this exhibition is a reflection of that.”
Today’s instruments of meaningful articulation and expression are undergoing an equally dramatic reassessment. The Idiosyncratic Pencil explores the early 21st Century artist’s response to the rapidly evolving nature of image making in this breakneck, feverish, media-saturated, and over-stimulated epoch.
More than 50 national and international artists will participate in the exhibit. Their original works are contained within, or a product of, a digital image format. The images are either improvisational variants of their ongoing body of work, products of their individual processes, or a visual membrane of sorts between their artistic practice and the world around us.
The exhibition works were emailed to Harper Gallery. There, they were finely printed on 11-by-8.5 inch photo quality archival inkjet paper. All works will be retained for the Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery artist flat files unless otherwise requested by the artist.
The Harper Center Gallery hosts four exhibitions annually: the Senior Art Major Exhibition, the Annual Student Exhibition, and two exhibitions of work from nationally and internationally recognized artists.
Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 12 – 5 p.m. Admission to the gallery is free.