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August 22, 2013

Purdue Galleries opens 2013-14 season with two installation exhibits

Amanda Small installation

Amanda Small installation (Photo provided by Purdue Galleries)
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. –Purdue Galleries will open two new exhibits next week, both room-size gallery installations.

"All Truths Wait in All Things" by Amanda Small will be presented from Monday (Aug.) 26 through Oct. 5 in the Robert L. Ringel Gallery in Stewart Center. 

In room-size installations - "environment systems" - emphasizing the repetitive organic patterns common in nature, Small creates intricate ceramic and mixed media "maps" implying both a literal and figurative reference to collective history and identity. She explores ways to utilize repetitive, shared patterns as a metaphor for collective experiences.   

Patterning throughout the space delineates "maps" that explore the relationship between physical place and intangible experience and become a connection to talk about history, collective identity, unity and a sense of place. 

Crystal Wagner installation

Crystal Wagner installation (Photo provided by Purdue Galleries)
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"Hyperplastic" by Crystal Wagner will be presented from Tuesday (Aug.) 27 through Oct. 5 in the new Fountain Gallery in downtown Lafayette.

Free-flowing organic environments emerge from multi-disciplinary artist Crystal Wagner's handling of paper, plastic tablecloth and chicken wire.

"Whether working on drawings, installations or printmaking, Wagner begins all of her work with an organic mark, allowing shapes to emerge and multiply like moss or fungus from another planet," said Nastia Voynovskaya in a 2013 Hi Fructose Contemporary Art Magazine.

Wagner's work will transform the new Fountain Gallery, located in the historic Perrin Building in downtown Lafayette, and will greet visitors for the gallery's Grand Opening on Sept. 6.

Purdue Galleries director Craig Martin says art installations bring a different frame of reference to exhibit spaces and create a nice variation on the gallery going experience. 

"Unlike traditional exhibits of framed, wall-hung artwork, an installation is intended to activate the entire space many times, even the ceiling and floors, becoming an all-encompassing 'thing.' These room-size artworks will enliven our two galleries and kick off the new schedule in a really exciting way."

At 5:30 pm Monday, Aug. 26 Purdue Galleries will host artist talks by both Small and Crystal and an opening reception celebrating the installations. The lectures will be presented in Stewart Center, Room 214 A&B with the reception to follow in the Ringel Gallery.

From 6 -8 p.m. Sept. 6, Purdue Galleries will host a Grand Opening for the new Fountain Gallery in the Perrin Building, 330 Main Street in Lafayette. The event will include numerous door prizes from Purdue's College of Liberal Arts, Purdue Theatre, Purdue Convocations, WBAA Public Radio, Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, Lafayette Symphony Orchestra and more.

The gallery is open noon to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. All Purdue Galleries exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

For class and group visits, contact Craig Martin at Purdue Galleries at 765-494-3061. For more information, visit http://www.purdue.edu/galleries 

Contact: Craig Martin, 765-494-3061, cdmartin@purdue.edu