Art Gallery Exhibition Focuses on Story Telling

COLUMBUS, Ga. - CSU’s Department of Art will host a lecture by Ithaca, NY.-based photographer and video artist Danielle Mericle at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3 in the Illges Gallery at the Corn Center for the Visual Arts on CSU’s RiverPark Campus. The program is free and will be followed by a reception.

“Story Telling” will be on view Sept. 3-Oct. 11 as an exhibition of drawing, painting, video, photography, installation and mixed media by CSU faculty and other guest artists.

A special public reception for all participating artists will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3.

Mericle will cover a pair of her recent projects in her hour-long presentation. “Western Stories,” is a collection of photographs depicting small town history museums that tend to be operated by senior citizens and local history buffs and provide a unique view into the ideological framework of American society.

The other project, “History Sighs,” is part of the Story Telling exhibition and includes photographs, plus a video depicting the rising and setting of the sun at two historical landmarks: a Christopher Columbus landing site in the U.S. Virgin Islands and the first East Indies trading company where the British landed in India.

“The sun serves as a poetic representation of the idea of empire, offering an infinite global time loop,” Mericle said. “The photographs, on the other hand, remind us of the flip side of the romantic notion of exploration and examine the banal remains of the colonial enterprise on the landscape and in contemporary society.”

The project simultaneously attempts to “understand and reveal the cyclical nature of politics and human interaction,” she said. “If early colonialism can be seen as a precursor to the economic globalism we witness today, this body of work looks for clues of the roots of this collective impulse to conquer and explore.”

In addition to Mericle, other artists featured in “Story Telling” are:

• Kip Deeds, a Princeton University lecturer specializing in printmaking, etching and lithography
• Nate Larsen, a Chicago-based photographer, whose work has been exhibited internationally
• Michael McConnell, a San Francisco-based sculptor and draftsman
• Elizabeth McFalls, a CSU assistant professor, who specializes in printmaking and drawing
• Mark Orange, an Irish born and New York-based artist whose multimedia repertoire includes audio, film, photography and digital animation
• Garry Pound, a Columbus-based portrait artist
• Orion Wertz, CSU associate professor, who has exhibited paintings, drawings and sculptures in a variety of venues and has produced several comic books.

Illges Gallery admission is free. Fall semester hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday: and 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday. The Corn Center is located at 6 West 10th Street in downtown Columbus. Parking is available in the RiverCenter Parking Garage on Broadway, allowing visitors to enter the Corn Center’s Front Street entrance.

For more information, call 706-507-8300.