arcadia university art gallery  


November 13 – December 21, 2008

Artists: Phillip Adams, James Johnson, Kocot & Hatton, Lucy Pullen, Linda Yun

Guest Curator: Sheryl Conkelton, Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs, Tyler School of Art, Temple University

About the Exhibition

"A Closer Look 7" continues an ongoing series initiated in 1995 to present in greater depth the work of selected artists who have previously exhibited in Arcadia University Art Gallery's juried "Works on Paper" shows. The exhibition features recent work by Phillip Adams, James Johnson, Kocot & Hatton, Lucy Pullen, and Linda Yun, all of whom (with the exception of Pullen) currently live and work in Philadelphia. Artists/Guest Curator biographies.

Curated by Sheryl Conkelton, Director of Exhibitions and Special Programs at Tyler School of Art, the show builds on affinities between the selected bodies of work and projects—some of which have been realized expressly for this occasion. The seventh iteration of the series, this exhibition offers a speculative review of aesthetics that foregrounds perception in a range of material experience. "Each of these artists has developed a conceptual artistic practice that engages the material world and perceptual pleasure," Conkelton says, "using perception as a means of gesturing towards or modeling conceptual and theoretical spaces."

Phillip Adams' life-size charcoal portraits subtly complicate the viewer's relationship by replacing her with an imaginary reflected world. James Johnson expresses the ambivalence of the artistic position with a brightly lit but partially obscured construction. Kocot & Hatton present glowing hallucinations that record the moment of waking from sleep. Lucy Pullen's sculptures model invisible physics using simple shapes complicated by reflective surfaces. Linda Yun uses patently artificial materials to convey a natural phenomenon, crafting her representation through visual and aural rhythms.

The exhibition will open on Thursday, November 13 at 6:30 p.m. with a panel discussion between the six artists moderated by Sheryl Conkelton in Stiteler Auditorium, Murphy Hall.  A reception will follow immediately in the gallery. Both events are free and open to the public.

Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 4 p.m. and always by appointement.



View photos from Opening reception