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College to hold exhibit opening along with Open Studio Night on December 6
Bethlehem, Pa., December 3, 2007— An exhibition of mixed media titled “Out of Time” will be displayed in Payne Gallery at Moravian College from December 6 to January 27. The public is welcome to attend an opening reception on Thursday, December 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the gallery. Dave Leidich, interim director of Payne Gallery, and Angela Fraleigh, curator of the exhibit, will introduce the show. A number of the artists participating in exhibition will be available to discuss their works.
There's the time on a clock or calendar: the time you're always running out of or running short on. And then there's the other kind of time. “Certain experiences are brighter than others, certain moments stay in your memory more,” says Angela Fraleigh, assistant professor of art at Moravian. “Time is something that has more to do with what you're thinking will come, and what has come before. It has more to do with memory and hope.” So “Out of Time” is best thought of not as a dire ultimatum, but as an invitation to step out of time's seemingly linear flow and stay within each individual moment. “The show's about breathing, about rhythm,” says professor Fraleigh. “You can have an intimate, one-on-one experience with each piece in the show.”
The exhibition will include paintings, drawings, sculpture, and video and animation installations. Because the theme has more to do with one’s experience of time than with time itself, the works' temporal implications can be subtle: no hourglasses or melting clocks here. Some of the images deal with time in the sense of nostalgia, or projecting a memory into the future. A video loop by Rotem Balva depicts the artist moving from one room to another, repeating the task like Sisyphus trying to push uphill. Drawings of animal-like figures by Ihrie Means invite viewers to pause and look closely to sort out the creatures' abstract and representative elements. At the other end of the scale is a kinetic sculpture by Lehigh University's Wes Heiss, a large, metal airplane luggage carrier called that expands and contracts as if breathing. Its respiration is both rhythmic and unsettling. “It raises issues of danger and fear,” professor Fraleigh says. “You wonder what's inside, what's making it do that.”
Even in a show concerned with time, space must be part of the equation. Fortunately, Payne Gallery is a roomy showcase for artwork of all sorts, professor Fraleigh says. “I always forget how big it is, with plenty of space, and how high the ceilings are. It really can feel kind of majestic.” Choosing where to place each work of art is, in a way, an art in itself. “Some are small and lend themselves to more intimate spaces,” professor Fraleigh says. “So you need to think about where a viewer's body will stand in relationship to the work.” And though each individual work needs to be given its due, she says that the art of curating also means keeping an eye on the big picture. “I've been trying to create a conversation between pieces,” she says. “It's going to be a dance between which ones speak to each other and which ones shouldn't. My hope is that the art will have a conversation, not a fight.”
Payne Gallery is located on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus of Moravian College, in Historic Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The Gallery is open 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. It is closed Mondays, major holidays and during school breaks. Admission and parking are free, and the Gallery is wheelchair accessible. Bethlehem is sixty miles north of Philadelphia and ninety miles west of New York City.
Moravian College will also hold Open Studio Night on Thursday, December 6, beginning at 5:30, all student art studios on the 1st and 2nd floors in South Hall will be open to the public. Students in advanced painting and drawing classes will have their best work on display. Visitors will have an opportunity to vote for the best body of work.
Immediately afterward, approximately 7:30 p.m., the prize will be awarded for Open Studio Night. Also, prizes will be awarded for the HUB Winter Student Art Show by our judge, Moravian College Professor Dawn Benner. The show is an annual event. Students submit work in 5 categories (Painting, Drawing-Printmaking, Photography, Graphic Design-Digital Images, Ceramics-Sculpture-Crafts) to display their work to the community and win prizes. The HUB Winter Student Art Show will be on display until December 13 in the Haupert Union Building on Moravian’s Main Street Campus.