Purdue Galleries to feature 'Urban Sediments' and 'Mr. Wild’s Garden'

October 21, 2015  


Etty Yaniv (Brooklyn, NY), Sirens (Urban Sediments), 10-by-10-by-8 feet, floating installation, mixed media on paper and plastic, 2015.  (Photo provided)

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University Galleries on Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 26 and 27) will open two new exhibits of individual artists’ work.

“Etty Yaniv: Urban Sediments” will be presented from Oct. 26 through Dec. 5 in the Robert L. Ringel Gallery in Stewart Center.

Urban Sediments depicts abstracted landscapes in the form of large-scale reliefs and a three-dimensional floating installation. Consisting of assorted torn paper and plastic pieces, the installations draw upon patterns from natural phenomena and urban architecture, blurring the lines between actual and imagined landscapes. The materials include scraps of the artist’s drawings, ink marks and fragments of photos depicting urban life. Together, they evoke the feeling of found objects or trash, like the strata in sedimentary rock, each layer documenting a distinct moment in time and suggesting a hidden narrative.

Yaniv says, “The process of layering fragments from daily life forms a personal, yet open-ended departure point for a meditation on the tension between a relative sense of stability in daily life and an unsettling sense of turmoil in the turbulent intersection between man-made and natural systems such as urbanization and climate.”

From 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 26, Purdue Galleries will host a gallery talk by the artist followed by a reception in the Ringel gallery.

“David Weinberg: Mr. Wild’s Garden” will be presented Oct. 27 through Dec. 5 in the Fountain Gallery in downtown Lafayette.


David Weinberg (Chicago, IL), Mr. Wild’s Garden, Chapter 4, Plate 1, archival digital print, 43.5-by-32.5 inches, 2010. (Photo provided)

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The photographic narrative series Mr. Wild’s Garden recalls an elderly neighbor from the artist’s childhood who was isolated in a dilapidated house, concealed among overgrown weeds. The allure behind this mysterious man serves as catalyst to explore who he may have been by looking at the world through his eyes. Recounting the neighbor’s imagined life, the images challenge ideas of perception filtered by experience and faded memory, while what was once fact muddles into fiction. These photographs create a haunting presence while working to blur the line between dreamlike wonder and dark fantasy.

From 5:30-7 p.m. Nov. 5, Purdue Galleries will host a gallery talk by the artist followed by a reception in the Fountain gallery. Artist David Weinberg will join in dialogue with Professor of
Psychological Sciences Kipling D. Williams as they discuss the exhibition Mr. Wild’s Garden and the relationship between art and psychology. Williams’ extensive research on ostracism will offer a unique perspective on the many possible ways to read the visual narrative in Weinberg’s photographs.

The Robert L. Ringel Gallery is located in Stewart Center on Purdue’s main campus. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and until 8 p.m. on Thursday.

The Fountain Gallery is located at 330 Main Street, Lafayette, in the historic Perrin Building. The gallery is open noon to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. 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 or follow @PurdueGalleries on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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

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