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Two projects by UND MFA candidates on view today.

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The Department of Art & Design at the University of North Dakota would like to invite you to view work by MFA candidates Meghan Duda and Jim Champion on Tuesday May, 1st from 11:00am to 5:00pm in the courtyard of the Hughes Fine Art Center. Champion’s Entropic time based sculptural installations, “We all Fall Down”, ”All The Kings Horseman” and Gently Down the Stream” will be installed at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm and will be on view throughout the day. Duda’s “Trailer Obscura” will be on view from 1:00pm – 3:00pm.  This mobile camera obscura will allow you to experience first hand what it is like to be inside of a camera.

Please come to the courtyard of the Hughes Fine Art Center to meet these two talented artists and experience their work first hand Tuesday May, 1st from 11:00am to 5:00pm.

Trailer Obscura

Camera Obscura, Latin for “dark room,” refers to a darkened space punctured with a single pinhole. This pinhole allows reflected external light to pass through, creating a projection of the outside world within the darkened space. This phenomena, used by painters in the enlightenment period to trace scenery, is the basis for modern photography. All cameras are essentially small versions of a camera obscura.

Entropic time based sculptural installations.

The need for permanent, to keep what we value firmly in our lives is universally relatable. It has been said that we walk backwards through our lives, the past in full view while grounded in the present. The future is unknown and elusive to be deciphered from clues reviled in our past.

This ordination in time brings about the contemplations of the divine for many as it has for me.  As an artist I’ve set out to render the divine without the symbols, doctrine, and dogma imposed by religion. However, looking to the religious and spiritual art and architecture for a baseline of commonality I’ve identified 7 element that are consistently utilized to portray the divine These element are light, color, geometric shapes, gravity, repetition, sound (specifically the echo) and sent. In the animation of “We all Fall Down”, ”All The Kings Horseman” and Gently Down the Stream” three process driven sculptures incorporating ice, time and gravity the drama of a linear existence is played out over 2 -30 hour to completion.

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Written by School of Graduate Studies

May 1, 2012 at 7:01 am

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