Please plan on starting the semester right by joining the art department in welcoming visiting artist Brant Schuller on Monday, Feb. 8th at 12:30 in Arts West Gallery. Brant is an interesting printmaker/installation artist that will have his work on display for the month of February. At the reception he will be giving a brief lecture on his work.
The exhibition of Schuller's work focuses on making the often passive role of the observer into an active one. Schuller has been exploring ways to capture time through drawing, more specifically tracing as a means to map or document the experience of looking. The images in the exhibition include tracings of the landscape as it sped by from automobiles, trains, buses and planes. These “Travel Tracings” were than hand colored with acrylic paint using the colors found in the landscape. Many of these images take the shape of the car window and reinforce the viewer’s position in the documented place. Other tracings have Schuller gazing out windows from banal and famous locations such as the bedroom of Charles Demuth. In “Exterior Tracings” he documents not only the activity outside, but also his constantly changing viewpoints. These flattened images compress the space into imagery that often reinforces the sites he chooses to work.