Exhibition: New View
2014 Faculty Show
September 17, 2014 to December 21, 2014
Location: Gerald and Marjorie Schechter Bronfman Gallery, Chandler Gallery
This fall, the Davis is proud to present New View, a survey of recent work by eleven faculty artists. Known to students in their classrooms and studios, the members of the faculty featured in this exhibition are at once educators, mentors, and active, professional artists. Their work is regularly shown in galleries and museums across New England, throughout the country, and in many cases internationally. This exhibition offers visitors the unique opportunity to explore the extraordinary talent and broad scope of art production within the faculty of Wellesley College.
Participating artists include Carlos Dorrien, Bunny Harvey, Candice Ivy, David Kelley, Phyllis McGibbon, Salem Mekuria, Qing-Min Meng, Andrew Mowbray, David Olsen, and Daniela Rivera from the studio art faculty and Nicholas Knouf from Cinema and Media Studies. Capturing their extensive range, the exhibition includes paintings, prints, and sculpture, as well as video and mixed media installations.
Following are brief profile of the featured faculty artists. Sources and links to further information follow each bio:
Professor of Art
Carlos Dorrien was born in Argentina and is now a well-known sculptor. He studied at Montserrat School of Visual Art (now Montserrat College of Art) and at the Massachusetts College of Art. His public art installations may be viewed throughout New England in such venues as the DeCordova Museum and Harvard Square.
Elizabeth Christy Kopf Professor of Art
Bunny Harvey is a self-described “… passionate painter focused on representing both seen and unseen (observed by the other senses) elements of the environment.” Harvey describes her most recent work as a culmination of forty years of painting and a passion for archaeology, the philosophy of time, cosmology, and particle physics in the form of semi-abstract landscapes. Just before she began to teach at Wellesley in 1976, Harvey won the Rome Prize in Painting, a two-year fellowship at the American Academy in Rome. She recalls this as a “life-changing experience” that led her to divide her studio time now between Rome and New York City—when she is not in Providence, RI, or Tunbridge, VT. In 2004, Professor Harvey was awarded the Pinanski Prize for Excellence in Teaching, and most recently in her exhibitions, Harvey had a four-month retrospective at the Newport (RI) Art Museum.
Visiting Lecturer and Director of the Jewett Galleries, 2014- 2015
Candace Ivy received her B.F.A. from Coker College in 1999 and her M.F.A. from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in 2006. She explores “the use of architecture and the natural terrain as strong influence in the transmission of cultural values, beliefs and philosophies” through a combination of “the use of sound, video, drawing, and sculptural” elements. In her work, Ivy incorporates drawing and found objects to create a sensory experience for the viewer in each unique environment. Her multimedia work has been featured internationally in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and her video work has been shown nationally at venues such as the The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA and the Berkeley Small Film Festival, Berkley, CA .
Assistant Professor of Art
David Kelley’s work exists at the intersection of photography, performance, video and critical studies. He is interested in the production of documentaries and specifically, the production of sites and rehearsals for such productions His work blends “experimental documentary and ethnographic practices that make use of imaginary, choreographic and performative strategies.” Recently, Kelley’s work has been exhibited in venues such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Bank in Shanghai, New Art Center. As a professor, Kelley teaches with an emphasis on experiential learning and “critical engagement in visual culture” with focus in “art practice, critical theory, and poetry as intra-dependent disciplines.”
Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies
Nicholas Knouf is a media scholar and artist who is currently researching the way noise “mutates and is mutated” through media analysis . Knouf incorporates modern technology into his work in order to explore a new realm of subjectivity and the intersection between information science, critical theory, digital art, and science. In class, Knouf emphasizes the interaction between theory and practice of media through courses such as CAMS 218, Theories of Media from Photography to the Internet, and in research, he focuses on noise, interferences, sound, information and the affect in media of the 20th and 21st centuries. Some of Knouf’s many awards include the Honorary Mention by Prix Ars Electronica in [the next idea] category (2005), the Leonardo Abstracts Service (LABS) for his master’s thesis (2008), and a memefest Award of Distinction (2008.
Professor of Art and Director of Studio Art Program
Phyllis McGibbon explores the travel of art through historical cycles and the translation of pieces and images between artists and across time. Her work includes a variety of media including lithographs, photomontages, prints, artist books, and photomontages, and at Wellesley, McGibbon teaches several courses in drawing and printmaking. In addition to being awarded the Pinanski Prize for excellence in teaching at Wellesley in 1997, McGibbon has earned grants from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Howard Foundation at Brown University.
Luella LaMer Professor of Women’s Studies in the Art Department
When she is not teaching at Wellesley, Salem Mekuria is an independent writer, producer, videographer, video installation artist, and director of her independent film production company Mekuria Productions. Her work features Ethiopian subjects, and Mekuria splits her time living and working between the US and Ethiopia. Through her productions, Mekuria finds a way to express her personal curiosity and communicate “the stories and themes of exile, difference and the struggle for justice and equal rights.” Mekuria’s work has been acclaimed and shown internationally, and some of her honors include the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest International Artists Residency Fellowship (1993), a Fulbright Fellowship (2003-2004), and a Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University (2005-2006).
The Davis is pleased to include Qing-Min Meng in New View, having enjoyed her exquisite work in the past in the Extended Boundaries (2005) and Calculated Risks (2010) faculty exhibitions.
Visiting Lecturer in Art
Andrew Mowbray is a visiting lecturer at Wellesley whose work focuses on the practical and physical elements of art, in creating things with purpose. “My primary interest in creating objects is most often based on a chosen set of histories, a goal of achievement, and functionality that helps fulfill a desire for understanding.” In creating sculptures and tangible items, Mowbray has developed skills in several crafts and techniques including “fabrication, mold-making, casting, weaving, sewing, quilting, video, photography, and performance,” to name a few. Through his work, Mowbray explores the recurring themes of the context of the museum itself, luck and chance, and “struggle to redefine contemporary masculinity.”
Associate Professor of Art
Daniela Rivera creates site-specific paintings that make the painting perform as the space and the viewers “assume the role of the figure of the painting.” Her work combines and plays with elements from Baroque art, minimalist art, and Arte Povera and has been featured locally in Boston and internationally in Chile. In teaching, Rivera highlights visual analysis and helps students to create novel visual relationships through the experience of drawing.
Assistant Professor of Art
After studying bioengineering for five years at the undergraduate level and designing a bioengineering textbook that is now used at Stanford, Berkeley, and U.C. Davis, Professor David Olsen chose to leave the scientific field in order to better explore his mathematical and scientific interests through art. Through sculptures, installations, painting, and moving images, Olsen is able to transform complex theories into recognizable visual forms to explore the ideas of science and life. At Wellesley, Olsen teaches several Media Arts and Science courses that show students the basic “know-hows” and also involve discussion about art and new media.
Curated by Claire Whitner, associate curator. Generously supported by Wellesley College Friends of Art at the Davis.
Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 11:00am - 5:00pm