The Pennsylvania State University

School of Visual Arts


New Methods of Drawing by Ann Tarantino and Bethany Johnson Ann Tarantino and Bethany Johnson both utilize elements of chance and explore the intricacies of systems in their works. In this exhibition, on display at AMOA-Arthouse (Austin, Texas) from December 18, 2012 to February 17, 2013, the artists explore unfamiliar and novel techniques of drawing. Ann Tarantino, based in Pennsylvania, will create two site-responsive works for this exhibition. For an installation in the Driscoll Villa sun porch, Tarantino will adhere panels laser-cut with abstract patterns directly to the windows, creating what looks like a stained-glass installation. Throughout the rest of the Villa, she will draw directly on the wall, utilizing methods of pouring, dripping, and blowing ink onto a surface to create intricate patterns. Referencing the organic patterning of nervous tissue, the emotional ties revealed through contemporary social networks, or the labyrinthine streets of ancient cities, Tarantino abstracts systems that are old and new. Tarantino, who holds a joint assistant professor appointment in the School of Visual Arts and Department of Landscape Architecture, received her MFA from Penn State in 2001. Exhibitions include Mixed Greens, NYC; neutron tokyo, Japan; and Curator’s Office, Washington, D.C. At Penn State, she oversees the John M. Anderson Lecture Series, and is jurying our upcoming alumni show, Gesturing into Consciousness.  ShapeShifting: New Methods of Drawing by Bethany Johnson and Ann Tarantino is organized by AMOA-Arthouse and curated by Rachel Adams, associate curator of exhibitions and public programs. IMAGE: Ann Tarantino, Detail of A History of Snow and Ice, 2012. Laser-cut drawing on paper, 30 x 22 in., courtesy of Curator’s Office, Washington, D.C.; Photograph by Cody Goddard Text courtesy of AMOA-Arthouse