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Vol. CLIV, Issue 10
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Sheehan Gallery showcases visiting artists’ interdisciplinary artworks

On Feb. 23 the next art exhibition will arrive at the Sheehan Gallery. While artist lectures have taken place all year as part of The Hand and The Machine series, this will be the first time that the visiting artist’s work will be showcased at the Sheehan Gallery.

“With regards to The Hand and The Machine display, it is extremely rewarding to see the culmination of this yearlong cross-campus collaboration between the Sheehan Gallery and the Studio Art Department,” said Director of the Sheehan Gallery Daniel Forbes.

The artists Lari Gibbons, Peter Christian-Johnson, Greg Pond and Paul Catanese have each contributed art works of their own. The Whitman Studio Art Department has recently acquired new technology for creating 3-D artwork. They have chosen each of these artists because they approach their work with an interdisciplinary perspective and create art ranging from printmaking to sculpture. Each of these artists have previously worked with the Studio Art Department.


“The Studio Art Department has been thrilled to work with the artists in the show as part of our Hand and The Machine initiative, which was funded by a McMillen Foundation. It’s been wonderful to explore a wide array of techniques, content and ideas that connect contemporary tools with the artists personal, art historical and media-specific narratives,” said Assistant Professor of Art Justin Lincoln.

Photo by Annabelle Marcovici.

Gibbons, a professor at the University of North Texas, does a lot of work with printmaking but also creates installations. These pieces use different mediums from paint and ink to metal and wood. She works a lot with engraving wood. For The Hand and The Machine, Gibbons created art that bridges traditional printmaking with post-digital technologies.

Pond has used 3-D printing as well as film for mediums in his art. Typically he merges sculpture with digital media or audio. His documentary film “Born in Trench Town” has played at a festival in Great Britain, and future showings are planned for the United States and Jamaica.

Catanese frequently works in digital media but still creates installations and is the director of the Interdisciplinary Arts and Media MFA Program at Columbia College Chicago. He creates many types of art, including video, intaglio and lithographic prints, projections, handmade paper and projections. He is also the author of two books,.

Christian-Johnson creates many different artifacts. He creates these artifacts with a strong emphasis on time. They are meant to be displaced from the present and are a testament to process. He wishes to convey the labor in creating each of his pieces. In his most recent work, Christian-Johnson used a kiln to morph his final product.

“With regards to Peter Christian Johnson’s exhibition Collapse, I’ve long been an admirer of Johnson’s sculpture, so I was very pleased to be able to bring his work to campus. I also feel his pieces are an apt compliment/counterpoint to the pieces featured in The Hand and The Machine,” said Forbes

The next artist to talk as part of the lecture series will be Catanese on Feb. 27 followed by Christian-Johnson on March 5. The series runs through April 15.

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