Rowan University Art Gallery
Opening Reception: January 20, 5:30 - 7:30 ppm
Acting Out features the work of Nina Katchadourian, Fahamu Pecou, Nancy Popp, Shana Robbins, Joe Sola, and Jaimie Warren at Rowan University Art Gallery January 20 –March 12, 2011. These six contemporary artists utilize their own bodies as the key element in works that explore human agency, normalcy, fantasy and self-promotion. Curated by Stuart Horodner, Artistic Director of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. A reception featuring a gallery talk by the curator is January 20 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
The exhibition title, Acting Out, conjures the psychological response of a child or adolescent to an unpleasant situation. It speaks to actions that are emotional and intense, but also to notions of play and therapeutic resolution. Each participating artist - using combinations of painting, photography, video and performance - defines specific states of being informed by gender, race, mobility and desire. The artists' activities are generated in traditional studios as well as carefully selected locations (city streets, forests, deserts) that act as stages for precise gestures produced for the camera, canvas or passersby.
Curator Stuart Horodner, artistic director of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, notes that Acting Out seeks to engage notions of who and how to be. Presented in the context of a university gallery, it speaks to youthful questions about identity and possibility. By bringing together artists using diverse media with seriousness and silliness, the exhibition posits that personal investigations of self and sensibility are always in flux, modified by context and empowered by curiosity and risk.
In addition to his work at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Horodner has served in director and curator positions at art centers and universities including the Atlanta College of Art Gallery, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art and Bucknell University Art Gallery. He was the founder and co-organizer of "Affair" at the Jupiter Hotel, an intimate art fair in Portland, OR from 2004-2007; and was co-owner and director of the Horodner Romley Gallery from 1992-97. His art writing has appeared in publications including Art Lies, Art Issues, Bomb, Dazed & Confused, Sculpture and Surface.
Admission to exhibit and reception is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Saturday, 12 to 5 pm. For more information, call 856-256-4521 or visit www.rowan.edu/fpa/artgallery. Rowan University Art Gallery is located on the lower level of Westby Hall on the university campus, Route 322 in Glassboro, NJ.