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‘Open-Type’ exhibit opens Jan. 14

January 6, 2016

The University Art Gallery at Indiana State University presents "Open-Type," an exhibition of contemporary artwork utilizing text, Jan. 14-Feb. 20.

This exhibit illustrates how versatile art can be -- between the bicycle-powered audio, the fine book printing and hanging installation, these contemporary artist prove there is no limit to creativity.

The opening reception is 4-6 p.m. Jan. 14. Art lectures by Katie Hargrave and Brett Hunter are set for 5 p.m. Feb. 18.

A visual image is an illusory means to convey specific meaning. Balancing what is communicated clearly and what is left to the imagination of the viewer is one of the primary challenges all artists face. How does one successfully and efficiently impart a message, while still allowing room for interpretations? For decades, artists have been partnering text and visual information to manipulate the possibilities of communication. The artists in this exhibition use the visual language of text to subtly and overtly direct their viewers, stretching the capabilities of both type and image.

This exhibition is sponsored in part by J's Bikes in Terre Haute.

Included artists:

Chicago-based artist Mark Booth uses poetry, sound, performance, installation and drawing to explore narrative and personal perspective. A professor at the Art Institute of Chicago, Booth's work has been shown internationally at such venues as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Schalter Gallery in Berlin and the Hyde Park Art Center.

Katie Hargrave and Brett Hunter work collaboratively to create new media installations. Versions of their project "Like Riding a Bicycle" have been shown in Nashville, Minneapolis and Hornell, N.Y. Hargrave is a professor at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, and Hunter is on the faculty of Alfred University in New York.

Lee Marchalonis is a printmaker and bookbinder based out of Detroit. She is the artistic director of Signal Return Press. She previously taught at Parsons School of Design in New York City and the University of Iowa. She recently completed a yearlong residency at the Center for Book Arts in New York City.

Buzz Spector is an internationally known artist and critic. He is a professor of art at Washington University in St. Louis, where he previously served as the dean of the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts. His work has been shown in museums and galleries across the globe, including at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Mattress Factory Museum in Pittsburgh, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Chris Walla is an artist and education based out of Minnesota. His work has been shown nationally at such venues at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, N.D., Apex Art in New York City and Fraction Workspace in Chicago. He is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including a McKnight Fellowship.


Photos: -- Chris Walla -- Hargrave Hunter -- Buzz Specter

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