Wednesday, May 9, 2012

PSU Art Exhibitions - Fall 2012

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First Call for Faculty and Community Participation: Fall 2012 Art Department Interdisciplinary Lecture Series       November 1-2, 2012

Each semester the Art Department hosts a series of lectures that provide an opportunity to have faculty and community members share their expertise. This is done in relationship to a central theme provided by one of the exhibitions found in the PSU University Art gallery.
The lecture format for Fall 2012 will be a condensed three-day event from November 1th – 3rd. The exhibition we are basing our event around is artist Erin Wiersma.  The PSU Department of Art intends to explore the Wiersma work through the lenses of a series of panel discussions and lectures related not just to the painting medium and artistic language.

The Department of Art envisions a situation where faculty (beyond the Department of Art) research will have a point of intersection with the artist’s work and that the panels, presentations and dialog about such significant and poignant topics are not only a place for faculty to share their research ideas, but it also broadens the experience of the exhibit.

About the Artist

Artist Erin Wiersma, Assistant Professor of Art, Kansas State University and Thomas Bell, Humanities Librarian at Hale Library, Kansas State University, will lead a series of lectures and panel discussions. Wiersma and Bell will explore ideas by author’s like David Stubbs, Fear of Music: Why people get Rothko, but don’t get Stockhausen, and Peter Vergo’s The music of painting:  Music, modernism and the visual arts from the Romantics to John Cage, while discussing the ideas of musicians who were originally trained as visual artists such Brian Eno, David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, to name a few. Interested panelists from PSU faculty, staff and the Pittsburg community will explore the relationship and commonalities, between visual art and music with particular focus on the paintings of Erin Wiersma.

As Bell and Wiersma write, “It can be overwhelming to put into words what visual art looks like, but what does it sound like? Often, the more detailed the description becomes the further away one gets from the emotive power and depth of the work itself. This is one thing in the case of representational art, but something quite other in the case of  modernist and contemporary abstract works, whether it be the freely scribbled calligraphic style graffiti of Cy Twombly, an abstract expressionist piece by de Kooning or Pollack, or the works of minimalists such as Donald Judd or Sol le Witt. Conversely, what does music look like? Not the mere representation of notational styles, but what do the sounds look like? What do music critics mean when they say, “if this album were a painting it would be a Gerhard Richter.”? Is it nonsense? Or is there some way to view the sonic and the visual arts through one another’s language, concepts and idioms in order to grasp both more fully, to more deeply comprehend and articulate the aesthetic, wordless language of both?”


These are the things we want to talk about.  Care to join us? Please send a short abstract of what you would like to share to the Department of Art Office, by September 30, 2012.

Check back here at the  PSU Department of Art blog or Facebook for updated information.