Two large-scale images (60″ x 40″) from my Window Peeping series will be shown at Truman State University from January 17 – February 17, 2012. The work is part of an exhibit titled Repositioning the Gaze, curated by Brandelyn Dillaway. Opening reception is January 17, beginning at 6 p.m.
Repositioning the Gaze addresses issues of invasion of privacy, voyeurism, and the way the gaze – from the viewpoint of the art and the viewer – have changed throughout history. The following is an excerpt from Brandelyn Dillaway’s statement:
Throughout the history of art, theorists and philosophers have tried to negotiate the visual and conceptual relationship that exists between a work of art and the viewer’s gaze. What has fueled much of this debate is the argument that because the gaze inherently signifies possession, and can therefore be tied to certain power structures, it is something that is neither benign nor passive even in the most simple of circumstances. Considering this historical position in today’s climate of increased surveillance, “reality” entertainment, and the popularity of social media, it has become necessary to re-evaluate the concept of the gaze within a contemporary context.
I am flying out for the reception and will be part of the discussion panel along with the other artists in the exhibit taking place on January 18th. I you are in the vicinity of Truman State University, please come by and enjoy the reception and discussion. I would love to meet you.
Truman State University location and contact info:
100 E. Normal | Ophelia Parrish 1109 | Kirksville, Missouri 63501