Exhibits Examine Uses of Drawing to Express Ideas
Contact: Mike Greife
UCM's Art Center Gallery will open the spring semester with three new shows that address the uses of drawing in the service of ideas.
Opening Jan. 14 and running through Feb. 22 are Air-to-Air by St. Louis artist Jane Barrow; Disguise Series by Houston artist David Ngirailemesang; and An Historical Look at Visual Communication, a touring show from the Society of Illustrators in New York City. These shows are co-sponsored by the Greer-Oppenheimer Program Fund and Phi Kappa Phi.
Jane Barrow is a professor of drawing and painting at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville who has shown her work extensively in the Midwest and East Coast. In her show she takes a leap of faith and experiments with the installation form, which marks a departure from her usual way of working.
In Air-to-Air Jane addresses her ambivalence, awe and concern about war through a look at one of contemporary war’s principal weapons—the fighter jet. She has created an environment where the viewer walks into and becomes part of a drawing that explores unexpected actions and appearances. Part of the irony for Jane is the fact that she is using the low-tech materials of drawing—paper and tape in particular—to portray the high-tech achievement that the fighter jet represents.
Jane Barrow will be a visiting speaker at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23. in the Art Center Gallery, followed by a free public reception.
David Ngirailemesang is an emerging artist who is originally from the Pacific Island nation of Palau. He came to the United States to study art at Missouri State University and the University of Washington-Seattle.
Through the works that comprise his Disguise Series, he explores the identities and fears projected on him by his fellow Americans who are sometimes confused or uncomfortable with his appearance as a person of color and mistake him for being a member of another cultural group. In his finely executed drawings, Ngirailemesang displays not only technical expertise, but also a wry sense of humor as he literally tries on different hats.
David Ngirailemesang will be a visiting speaker at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4 in the Art Center Gallery. A reception will follow.
Society of Illustrators
An Historical Look at Visual Communication is a brief history of illustration in the United States during the 20th century that, by default, brings into focus how drawing is such an essential element of business, marketing, communications and popular taste, as well as art and culture. Included are images, mostly from magazine and newspapers, from each decade that represent the changing times, values and tastes of America.
This show is organized and toured by the Society of Illustrators and is drawn from the industry groups’ museum and collection located in New York City.
For More Information
The UCM Art Center Gallery is located in the Art Center at 217 E. Clark St. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday when classes are in session, or by appointment. Admission is free and groups are welcome. For more information, contact Michael Crane, art center gallery director, at 660-543-4498.