Harris Gallery displays artists’ digital works
Posted Feb. 15, 2008

Danielle Lampkin
Assistant Editor

Bringing to light the diverse image that the University of La Verne strives for, the Harris Art Gallery presents “Binary Articulations,” a traveling exhibition displaying the artistic voyage into the digital medium.

Curator Rhona Shand, assistant professor of art at Pittsburgh State University, describes “Binary Articulations” as an education into the ideathat the digital medium is art.

It can also generate awareness of the possibilities of its future, according to the “Binary Articulations” Web site.

The idea to bring the exhibit to ULV was pitched to Gary S. Colby, professor of photography, by art department manager Dion Johnson.
“When the idea was pitched by Dion, my primary motivation was flatter,” Colby said.

“The names in this exhibit are quite well known. This exhibit shows that there are more ideas than life itself. The nature and the pleasure of layering is phenomenal.”

“I wanted to create a diverse program for the University community,” Johnson said.

“This exhibit shows the ceramics of two artists working on a single piece, changing the variables and allowing a more diverse feel.”

The exhibition features the art of 11 artists from the United States and Canada.

Besides Colby, other artists included in the show are John Paul Caponigro, Maggie Taylor, Christa Kreeger Bowden, Amber Hutchinson, Susana Reisman, Eric Kunsman and others.

“Technology changes so swiftly, and to be a part of it is an honor,” Colby said.

In the first hour of the exhibition’s opening on Tuesday, several people poured in to the gallery to view the art, including several art students at ULV.

“The overall layout and flow of the pictures was presented well. This art is works of our peers and names of artists who are well known,” Elizabeth Wellins, sophomore art history and physics major, said.

Tagging along with Wellins, was Amanda Barrett, a sophomore at Mt. San Antonio College.

“I love art and wanted to see, so I tagged along,” Barrett said.

“I really liked the art Nate Larson displayed; it is very clean. I love it, and the black in his pieces brings out the photo so nicely.”

While some viewers of the exhibit happened to be art students and others mainly lovers of art, some just happened to be passing by the gallery.

“I was walking by, and my old teacher invited me to come in and view the exhibit,” senior business administration major Lonal McKnight Jr. said.

Staring into a piece done by Stephen Marc, McKnight was delighted with the message he was getting from the piece.

“The last time I saw an exhibit here I enjoyed it. It is nice to see the work of these artists and see what message they are trying to bring to the viewer,” McKnight said.

“I would not mind grabbing some of this fresh fruit as well.”

Refreshments including juice, coffee, pastries and fresh fruit were made available to viewers of the exhibit for its opening night reception.

“All in all, the exhibit’s opening had a really good turnout. I really enjoyed the organic pieces; they are all digitally manipulated very well,” senior art major Amri Covarrubias said.

“Each piece represents a piece in imaging and are native for thought, making people think differently,” Colby said.

ULV will be the last stop for the “Binary Articulations” tour, running through March 7.

The exhibition will be made available Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment if needed.

Admission is free for all attendees.

To find out more about “Binary Articulations,” and the images and artists on display, visit the Web Site at http://www.pittstate.edu/art/

More information can also be obtained by calling 909-593-3511, ext. 4763.

Danielle Lampkin can be reached at dlampkin@ulv.edu.

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