Personified Doubles and Complementary Opposites

Exhibit Dates: 
Aug 1, 2014 - Nov 30, 2014
Beckler Family Members’ Gallery

Dawn Hunter’s paintings reveal a vivid cast of costumed characters enacting dreamlike scenarios in lush landscapes. Reminiscent of the films of the Italian director Federico Fellini, Hunter’s works combine nature, fantasy, and baroque imagery to intense psychological effect. Inspired by the Italian Baroque painter Giovanni Mannozzi’s painted female personifications of dusk and dawn, Hunter visualizes such themes of duality and contrast in her archetypal representations of men and women.

Hunter states, “Female stereotypes are constructed as balanced compositions of archetypes and prototypes, thus creating a compelling connection between that which resonates with our cultural identity and that which advertisers encourage us to pursue.” Sourcing mass-produced images of fashion models found in magazine advertisements, the artist uses these as the basis for the figures in her paintings. In this way, Dawn Hunter frames a new subjective narrative by appropriating the stereotypical models from their commercial context and recasting them in powerful, atypical roles.

-Maiza Hixson
Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art

Slashing Symbols Workshop

Thursday, October 2, 1:00 pm, following Art Salad lecture.

Media collagePopular magazine advertisements rely on basic shapes in the layout design and color selections to create a sense of harmonious balance that discourages viewers’ interrogation of the messages behind the images—thus creating behavioral patterns on a preconscious level. By integrating the creative process with students’ intuitive responses, the Slashing Symbols workshop is designed to expose the propaganda that exploits consumer perception. This is achieved by pulling images out the familiar world of advertising and placing the images within the realm of fine art. Workshop participants launch an intuitive investigation that results in an exciting and engaging critique of consumerism.

In this 2-hour workshop, participants will create collages, rapidly and intuitively selecting imagery to assemble compositions that reveal their subconscious responses to popular culture.

Workshop is limited to 12 participants; RSVP to Maiza Hixson to reserve a place.