The Gallery at Penn College

2015-16 Exhibits

Daryl Thetford — The Struggle to Evolve Before the End of Time

July 9 - August 9, 2015

  • Meet the Artist Reception: Thursday, July 9, 4:30-6:30 p.m.,
    • Gallery Talk begins at 5:30 p.m. in The Gallery

External information and images are in constant competition for our attention. We are bombarded with advertisements on billboards, television, and the Internet; weather updates, mail, images of war, and stories of loss and disaster are available to us night and day. At the same time we are bombarded from within by a constant loop of hopes, dreams, and fears – creating a chaos which impacts our lives as we find ourselves forever toiling, as hero or villain of the stories we tell ourselves, in the shadow of our mortality. Thetford's work asks how we can engage in a dialogue with the chaos that will advance rather than alienate us.

Daryl Thetford uses actual photographs to create his digital compositions. His process begins with photographs focused on people, signs, trains, graffiti, urban walls, boxes, metal, maps, and other Americana ephemera. After developing the images from raw digital files, he alters a specific image to black and white and then begins a process of cut and paste using multiple images of close-ups of paint, followed by photographs of signs. Numerous other photos are added and overlapped. Often 75 or more photographs are used in this process.

Daryl Thetford's recent solo exhibitions include the Coffman Art Gallery at the University of Minnesota; the Art Museum of the University of Memphis; and The Arts Company, Nashville. Recent group exhibitions include Lincoln Center, Fort Collins; Art Scapes at the Knoxville Museum of Art; Open Concept Gallery for the SMart Multimedia Festival, Grand Rapids; and The Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga. His work is included in over 30 private, public, and corporate collections.

Man at Crossroads, 2014, digital media, 52" x 36" Man in Chair II, 2015, digital media, 60" x 48"

Joo Lee Kang — Nature, Fathomable

AUgust 18 - September 20, 2015

  • Meet the Artist Reception: Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
    • Gallery Talk begins at 5:30 p.m. in The Gallery
  • Closed Sunday, September 6

By drawing mutated animals and plants, Joo Lee Kang questions nature's place in the modern context: what is nature; what is natural? The subjects she portrays challenge our definitions and show the difficulty of describing what is natural in our present day. Crossbreeding, genetic engineering – the ways humans can control and reconfigure the natural process – become more commonplace as technology advances. Should the results of such human-developed processes be construed as a part of nature, or should nature exist independently of human progress?

Joo Lee Kang received her BFA in Painting from Duksung Women's University, Republic of Korea, and her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Tufts University. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, and her artwork has been featured in various publications including Hi-Fructose Magazine, ARTnews, New American Paintings, and Artscope. She is an instructor at Seoul Digital University, Republic of Korea.

Still Life with Shells #4, 2014, ballpoint pen on paper, 19" x 25"

A View Within
A Collaboration of Two Fiber Artists — Paula Chung & Karen Rips

October 2 - November 1, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Friday, October 9, 2015, 4-6 p.m.
  • Closed for Fall Break October 15 – 18

Body imaging in the form of CT scans, MRIs, X-rays, and ultrasounds provide a powerful window for doctors to view dramatic, non-invasive images of our anatomy. As artists, Paula Chung and Karen Rips find these images compelling, as they can be seen literally or simply as shapes and lines, dark and light spaces.

Working separately from the same image, each artist interprets the beauty, strength, and vulnerability of the human body through the medium of textiles. The result is a series of paired textile pieces, which interpret individual images of the human body from the perspective of each artist. Chung's pieces tend towards realism, while Rips' works are generally abstract.

Paula Chung received Silver and Bronze Awards at the 9th Quilt Nihon Exhibition in Tokyo, and her work was included in the International TECHstyle Art Biennial at the San Jose Quilt Museum. Karen Rips exhibited at the 2014 World of Threads Festival in Toronto and is a participating artist in Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge. Both artists have exhibited in Quilt=Art=Quilts and at Quilt National, and they have had solo shows at the former ArtQuilt Gallery, NYC.

In Utero, 2013, textile, 48" x 48" Gravida 2 Para 1, 2013, textile, 48" x 36"

Mikhail Gubin — Geometry

November 6 - December 11, 2015

  • Meet the Artist Reception: Thursday, November 12, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
    • Gallery Talk at 5:30 p.m.
  • Closed November 25 – 29

Mikhail Gubin creates two- and three-dimensional collage works that do not exist in nature but at the same time are organic. His works on paper emanate from geometric drawings that are cut up and carefully reassembled. Part Cubist, part Surrealist, these images are best described as similar to the action of our memory: from fragments we reconstruct the past. Similarly, his sculptural works are created using an additive method, which involves attaching small wooden pieces to a larger wooden form. He uses wood discarded from city construction sites and values the process of creation and the idea of giving birth to unwanted materials.

Mikhail Gubin was born in the USSR and studied at the Art and Technology College of Zagorsk in the Moscow region. He has resided in New York City since 1989. His body of work includes sculptures, collages, drawings, paintings, and photography. His resume includes 33 solo and over 200 group exhibitions both within the United States and worldwide. In 2014, Mikhail Gubin became a recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship program in the category of Crafts/Sculpture.

Convoluted Thinking, 2014, mixed media on paper mounted on board, 42" x 46" Bowl of the Ocean Soup, 2013, wood, acrylic, ink, 34" x 24" x 20"

Robert Gerhardt — Muslim / American, American / Muslim

January 14 - March 4, 2016

  • Meet the Artist Reception: Thursday, January 21, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
    • Gallery Talk at 5:30 p.m.

On September 11, 2001, there were innumerable casualties: lives claimed, loved ones shattered by grief, and another casualty that still struggles to be acknowledged. Muslim Americans have faced the brunt of serious cultural misunderstanding, discrimination, and acts of violence due to their perceived relation to the attackers.

This series documents the intersection between "Muslim" and "American," since the latter part of this community's identity is often forgotten. It aims to encourage a dialogue between Muslims and non-Muslims in America and erase the boundaries that engender a sense of "them" and begin to foster a sense of "us." This project began on the first night of Ramadan in 2010 and continues through the present day.

Robert Gerhardt received his BA in Anthropology/Sociology and Art History from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, and his MFA in Photography from the Lesley University College of Art and Design in Boston, MA. His work has been in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Canada, and Europe and is in a number of private collections. He has lived and worked in New York City since 1999.

Documentary - Friday, January 29, 2016

Location: Penn's Inn

  • 2 p.m.: Documentary Screening and Talk Back with one of the film's key subjects, TBA
  • 7 p.m.: Comedy show with one of the film's key subjects, TBA

A film by Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah

The Muslims Are Coming! follows a traveling band of Muslim-American comedians who do shows across middle America, meeting locals along the way. The group not only performs stand up, but stages street actions that are both hilarious and insightful. The film is peppered with appearances from cultural icons including The Daily Show's Jon Stewart; MSNBC's Rachel Maddow; hip hop legend Russell Simmons; and comedians David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Lewis Black, Lizz Winstead, and many more. So how did it turn out? Did all the comedians get back in one piece? This film chronicles their adventure from the funny to the touching to the scary moments. The Muslims Are Coming! represents a group of comedians' dream to change the crappy stereotypes about Muslims and move the dialogue toward inclusion, community, and love! One thing is for sure; you've never laughed this hard at a Muslim.

The film is 83 minutes followed by a Q&A from one of the film's key subjects: Dean Obediallah, Negin Farsad, Aron Kader, or Kareem Omary – professional comedians who have appeared on numerous TV shows. The Muslims Are Coming!, like most films with a social activist agenda, offers something to learn and something to think about, but unlike most, it also will make you laugh. A lot.

The documentary does contain some language that may be offensive to some viewers.

NYPD Traffic Officer at Prayer, Park 51, Manhattan, NY, 2012, gelatin silver print, 16" x 20" Young Girl at Prayers with her Father, Muslim American Society, Brooklyn, NY, 2010, gelatin silver print, 16" x 20"

Juan José Barboza-Gubo — Intus Externus

March 15 - April 22, 2015

  • Meet the Artist Reception: Tuesday, March 15, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
    • Gallery Talk begins at 5:30 p.m. in The Gallery
  • Closed March 25 – 27

Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo uses the human figure as a totemic element of emotion. Ambiguous religious imagery; baroque architecture and landscapes; characters in a violent, active, and unstable universe all represent the subconscious. Often, animalistic imagery exemplifies the duality of a pure soul on one hand and human affliction on the other. His work is a visceral expression of the cathartic and often painful experience of living as a journey from an initial state of "not being" to a final equilibrium state of truly "being."

IntusExternus includes works from the series Pink Narcissus and Cruor-Proelium-Cervus. The series Pink Narcissus explores the self-discovery of a man at the moment in which he sees his own reflected self as a being capable of experiencing both love and ecstasy in their full capacities. The works of Cruor-Proelium-Cervus (Latin for The Blood, The Battle, The Deer) is a continuation of Pink Narcissus and tells the story of the individual's transformation through a rite of passage, wherein The Blood is a representation of life; The Battle, a representation of the personal struggles within an individual's transformation into the purest form of "self," as represented by the character of The Deer.

Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo received his Bachelor's degree at Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru. He has received two MFA degrees, in Painting and in Sculpture, from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and has had numerous exhibitions in the United States and abroad, including shows at the Nielsen Gallery; The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University; the Attleboro Museum; Chazan Gallery, Providence; The Fitchburg Museum; and Cecilia Gonzales Gallery, Lima. He currently teaches at Rhode Island College.

Transformatio #6, Duality, 2012, artist's blood, gouache, watercolor, graphite, sekishu paper on kozo paper, 40" x 26" Proelium #1, 2011, cast aluminum, cast clear crystal, 24" x 17.5" x 17.5"

Student Portfolio Exhibition — Design: 2016

April 29 - May 13, 2016

  • Opening Reception: Friday, April 29, 4-6 p.m.
  • Exhibit Hours
    • Tuesday – Friday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • Sunday: 1-4 p.m.

Design: 2016 is an annual exhibition showcasing the best graphic design, illustration, and web design work of graphic design majors in their final semester of study at Penn College. For the exhibition, design faculty select the best works developed by each student within their time at Penn College. The exhibition gives students a chance to present their work in marketing, branding, advertising, and design to industry professionals and the community.

Penn College Graphic Design students have consistently earned recognition through their submissions to regional, national, and international advertising design competitions, particularly in the student category of the AAF American Advertising Awards and the American Graphic Design & Advertising Awards.

Graphic Design 2016

Margaret Smithers-Crump — Full Circle

May 24 - June 30, 2016

  • Meet the Artist Reception: Thursday, May 26, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
    • Gallery Talk begins at 5:30 p.m.
  • Exhibit Hours
    • Tuesday – Friday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • Sunday: 1-4 p.m.

Margaret Smithers-Crump's current body of work focuses on vulnerability, growth, powerlessness, and transformation within natural cycles of life. It addresses the passage of time, the maturation of beauty, and the inevitability of disintegration. This dual relationship of death and renewal has historically been at the epicenter of philosophy, mythology, and diverse systems of belief. To explore these concepts of strength and frailty, the artist uses translucent Plexiglas as her primary material. Plexiglas can function as a painting substrate or as a substance that can be manipulated – it can be cut into shapes, bent or melted by heat, chemically bonded, etched, or sanded down to receive diverse art media. Smithers-Crump frequently works with multiple forms that are staged into arrangements to present a particular condition or moment in time. While Plexiglas is relatively strong, its glass-like appearance suggests fragility; by extension, it implies the possibility of breakage and acts as a metaphor for existence. It is this tension between the beauty of the material and its apparent vulnerability that she finds so fascinating.

Margaret Smithers-Crump is a Canadian artist based in Houston, Texas. For the last 18 years, Smithers-Crump has been exploring the creative potential of Plexiglas, in both painting and installations. She received her BFA in Painting from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Among her recent exhibitions is a one-person show at Houston's Lawndale Art Center.

Time Released, 2013, oil paint, oil bar & acrylic on translucent Plexiglas, 106

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