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Herter Art Gallery Presents: "ground things on a moving earth" and "The End and the Beginning of Everything"

Shane Mecklenburger, video still from Secret Arts, 2015. Image courtesy the artist.

Herter Art Gallery is pleased to announce two upcoming exhibitions featuring new work by Art Department faculty, Shona Macdonald and Shane Mecklenburger. Please join us for the opening reception on October 19th, 2017 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m.

Ghosts (Large) #10, 2017, graphite and silverpoint on terraskin, 30 x 48”. Courtesy the artist and Cynthia-Reeves Gallery.
Shona Macdonald, Ghosts (Large) #10, 2017, graphite and silverpoint on terraskin, 30 x 48”. Courtesy the artist and Cynthia-Reeves Gallery.

Shona Macdonald's ground things on a moving earth explores the relationship between landscape and memory. While some of the works in this exhibition contemplate peculiar aspects of the local western New England surrounding, others explore the unsettling phenomena of inverted worlds reflected upon puddles of water. These transient ‘screens’ of water also appear bizarre and otherworldly. Cloaked in mystery the identity of the image re"ected remains outside an immediate frame of reference leaving viewers disoriented - an uncanny ‘doubling’ purposefully employed by the artist to exaggerate a sense of dislocation, disembodiment, and displacement.

Macdonald was a 2009 recipient of a grant from the Pollock Krasner Foundation. She has been artist-in-residence at Ballinglen, Ireland, Can Serat, Spain,the Roswell Foundation, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Ragdale, and Ox-Bow. Herwork has been shown in solo exhibitions in New Zealand, Germany, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Sacramento, Cleveland, Las Vegas and Washington DC. Reviews of her work have appeared in Art in America, Art News, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Sacramento Bee, Boston Globe and New American Paintings.
 

Shane Mecklenburger, video still from Secret Arts, 2015. Image courtesy the artist.
Shane Mecklenburger, video still from Secret Arts, 2015. Image courtesy the artist.

Shane Mecklenburger's The End and The Beginning of Everything is a body of work using computer-generated supernova explosions as both raw material and subject matter. These simulated moments of nuclear creation and annihilation are recast with symbols of witchcraft and warfare, in a collision of historical, personal, technological and cosmic forces.

Mecklenburger is an artist whose work investigates manufactured value, simulation and conflict. Often in collaboration with diverse fields of inquiry, his sculptures, videos, performances and interactive works examine the cultural and personal effects of techno-scientific systems. Mecklenburger's work has exhibited at The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Queens Museum, NYC; Übersee-Museum, Bremen, Germany; The Dallas Museum of Art, Texas; Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona; The Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio; The El Paso Museum of Art, Texas; Eyebeam, NYC; and Bitforms Gallery, NYC. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Art.Both exhibitions are free and open to the public as well as to all Five College students, faculty, and state.

The opening reception for the show will take place on Thursday, October 19th from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M.

Herter Gallery's regular hours are:
Mon - Fri : 11A.M. – 4 P.M.and Sun: 1- 4 P.M. 
(closed Saturdays and state holidays)

This exhibition was made possible in part with a grant from the UMass Arts Council and with funds from the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.