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Current Exhibits at ODU's Gordon Galleries

  • From the 'Repurposes' exhibit: Matchbooks by JK Keller.
  • From the 'Book of Daniel' exhibit: Head of Christ by Freddie Brice.

"Repurposes," curated by Kenneth FitzGerald, ODU associate professor of art, and Garland Kirkpatrick, associate professor of art at Loyola Marymount University, opened March 20 and continues through Sunday, April 18.

The exhibition includes works by 31 artists from Italy, England, Iran and the United States selected from 80 applicants. Artists were invited to submit work that addressed themes of re-examination and re-engagement and finding new meanings in material produced for other uses.

The show, which proposes the rehabilitation of meanings that have been lost or disfigured instead of crafting new doctrines for how we should regard our world and ourselves, invites the viewer to face the overproduction of material culture and its implications for our self and the environment, and how we might employ and transform the abundant objects and imagery that already exist.

Each artist was asked to consider the questions: "How might we employ and transform the abundant objects and imagery that already exist?" and "In a time of historic change and challenge - politically, economically, technologically - how do we remake ourselves?" These works address the idea of "Repurposes" in either their concept or their material form. They include video, sculpture, posters and books, as well as online and Web-based work.

Click here for more information about this exhibit.

"Book of Daniel," which opened Saturday, April 10,  examines a major evangelical theme that underlies much of the religious content in self-taught art. The stories and visions in the Bible's Book of Daniel are essential inspiration for many for whom biblical texts are literal.

The works included in this show exhibit the range of ways the narrative theme of "the need to be saved," which is considered to be central to the prophecies of Daniel, can be imagined by self-taught artists. For example, a monumental "Head of Christ" by artist Freddie Brice powerfully illustrates the moment Christ's suffering makes redemption possible.

Self-taught artists can also treat the heavy issues of sin and damnation with humor, as seen in the works of Ronald Cooper. A former grocer and assembly line worker from Kentucky, Cooper was forced into retirement in the early 1980s by injuries suffered in an automobile accident. He turned to art to ease his pain and began depicting the devil and snakes in hell, after experiencing nightmares following his accident.

The Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries are located in the University Village, 4509 Monarch Way. Admission is free. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Metered street parking is available in front of the galleries or in Garage D, 2nd level, on 45th Street.

For more information call 683-6271 or click here to obtain information on upcoming exhibits.

This article was posted on: April 12, 2010

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