Gallery Talk with the Artist - Brian Dettmer: ElementalGallery Talk with the Artist - Brian Dettmer: Elementalhttp://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/242101WCC Art Gallery2013-10-25T16:30:002013-10-25T17:30:00
October 25,2013 4:30PM–5:30PM
WCC Art Gallery
Brian Dettmer, Man in Contemporary Society, 2012. Courtesy of the Artist and MOCA GA. © Brian Dettmer
Join artist and Mellon Tri-College Creative Resident Brian Dettmer for a walkthrough of his exhibition Elemental.
Sculptor Brian Dettmer's Elemental begins and ends as raw material, the physical texts that remain when histories and books slip away into the bits and bytes of the information age. Encyclopedia sets merge to form tall towers and pixilated patterns; books on games reveal new rules and matrices; the ordered chaos of a thesaurus follows a simple, single word through myriad permutations; and repurposed state flags piece together altered visions of political power. Carving, cutting and sanding, Dettmer adapts authoritative materials and images to amplify their physicality, interrogating their semantic significance in an accelerated digital world. Elemental challenges viewers to consider what if anything is left when the traditional codex flirts with obsolescence in a pivotal moment of media change.
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