Faculty Artist Talks
Tuesday, April 20 | 6:00 p.m.
Dana Hargrove, Audrey Hope
Tuesday, April 27 | 6:00 p.m.
Dawn Roe, Rachel simmons, and Lee Lines
April 10 – August 29, 2021
The 2021 Faculty Biennial Exhibition features recent works by artists and professors Dana Hargrove, Audrey Hope, Dawn Roe, Rachel Simmons and Lee Lines. The works included in the exhibition highlight diverse artistic approaches with works in various media such as: video art, installation, painting, prints, and books.
An interdisciplinary collaboration between Rachel Simmons (an artist) and Lee Lines (a geographer), Visible Climate is grounded in roughly 200 hours of field work documenting climate change impacts in some of America’s most iconic landscapes. Original photographs were transferred, hand-colored, and re-digitized through a multi-step process with selective information loss and degradation, creating images that reference and challenge romanticized images from postcards produced when these landscapes were first mass marketed to early 20th century visitors.
Audrey Hope has created a new large-scale canvas work that incorporates rubbings taken from the stones on the Rollins College Walk of Fame. In this work, Hope considers the Walk through an artist’s lens, saying, “I believe that the Walk of Fame was created using an idiosyncratic logic that is familiar to artists–it is a personal cosmology, a rock collection, a gift, a poem. It is inconsistently edifying, and like many great works of art, the Walk contains contradictions, it is of dubious moral value, and is pockmarked with theft both for it and from it. I love it.”
A selection of works by Dana Hargrove explores how the landscape is manipulated and altered to fit certain notions of the natural world: “Whether I am exploring the urban environment with its homogenized grid of rectangular blocks, or examining how culture frames and re-frames landscape, I remain responsive to how our perceptions of the world and sense of place are shaped by human design.” Grounded in the intersections between reality and its representations, these pieces encourage consideration of environmental, cultural, and social issues.
The multimedia installation Wretched Yew by artist Dawn Roe, is part of an ongoing, site-responsive project considering the potential of place and topography as harboring evidence of wounds and repair. In this body of work Roe explores profound and complex experiences: “I seek exchanges in territories and locations imbued with a certain heaviness – as a palpable weight generated by past occurrence or poetic resemblance. The imagery resulting from material collected during these encounters places histories of pain endured by the land and individual bodies in relation through photo-based still and moving forms.”
Dawn Roe, Conditions for an Unfinished Work of Mourning: Wretched Yew, Artist’s Book Interior Page Spread. 2020.