Penn State’s School of Visual Arts is pleased to present the inter-departmental collaborative exhibition ‘Odd Couples’ in the Zoller Gallery February 22-26, curated by Aaron Ziolkowski, PhD candidate in Penn State’s Art History Department.
Relationships thrive and wither on communication- whether lovers, colleagues or friends. So too between artists, their work, and its audience. The coupled artworks in this exhibition speak through a textual intermediary. MFAs and Art Ed graduate students were invited to submit a work of art representative of their practice along with a written description. In turn they created a new work based solely on another artist’s written statement.
The difficulty of turning images into words and words into images is a perennial challenge within the disciplines of visual art, art education and art history. Whether the pairs suffer from a communication breakdown or hum with palpable chemistry is left for the audience to judge.
The opening reception, Monday February 22 at 5 pm will feature performances by Penelope Van Grinsven, Christen Sperry-Garcia, Sidney Mullis and Nikki Lau. Thursday at 2pm in the gallery, Christen will deliver an artist talk with her husband and artistic collaborator Brian Dick regarding their on-going Nationwide Museum Mascot Project (NWMMP).