3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Off Campus - The sUgAR Gallery
sUgAR, The University of Arkansas Student Art Gallery combines Temporarily Indefinite, an exhibition exploring multiple cannons of artistic interpretation, with a viewing of the new release of ART21 / Season 7 titled “Legacy”. Temporarily Indefinite includes, poetry, film, music and gif art as a response to subthemes of “Legacy.” The exhibition challenges typically accepted modes of thought, captures traditional demonstrations of heritage, and display the use of either permanent or ephemeral materials. Artists with work on display include David Rusanow, Ruitong Zhao, Drew Krasner, James Kerr (Scorpion Dagger) and Zach Dougherty.
The ART21 film “Legacy” will be screened with a panel discussion on October 16, 2014 5:30 – 6:30pm. A reception for the exhibition, Temporarily Indefinite, will be held from 6:30 – 8:30pm. The exhibition is on view from October 2 – 29 with open gallery hours Monday & Wednesday 3:30 – 6:30, Saturday 9:00am – 1:00pm.
David Rusanow is a cinematographer and director currently living in Melbourne, Australia. He holds a Bachelors degree in Film & TV from the Victorian College of the Arts. Rusanow has a particular eye for gathering scenes that stunningly display characteristics of mystery, angst and otherworldly. Among numerous awards, he received the Kodak Award for New Director of the Year in 2009. Ruitong Zhao is an artist who works in both poetry and video, focusing predominantly on text as a means for interpretation and conflicting issues within her surrounding. Zhao studied Interdisciplinary Arts and Media at George Washington University and has participated in numerous international residencies. Drew Krasner is a musician, composer, and writer of short stories who studied Jazz Composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Krasner uses both his writing of short stories and compositions to narrate interpretations of his surrounding through piano, saxophone and text. During a recent residency at NES in Skagaströnd, Iceland, he began a project that will result in a musical and literary soundscape of Iceland from the vantage point of a loving outsider. While often participating in artist residencies and collaboration projects, Krasner continues to reside in Boston. James Kerr, whose gif artist name is “Scorpion Dagger”, uses a blend of cynicism, humor, social commentary and art history to create animated paper collages, After completing his commitment of creating at least one gif artwork every day for a year, James Kerr has continued the practice daily. Currently, he is working with Anteism Publishing Company to create the Augmented Reality art book that also includes a smartphone app. Zach Dougherty is a gif artist from Portland, Oregon who often creates Greek sculptures that altering and glitch against ordinary backdrops. With a haunting beauty, Dougherty’s work comments on both contemporary art and society via a mesmerizing short loop of imagery.
The ART21’s film, “Legacy”, ties with this exhibition by addressing how artists “use life experiences and family heritage to explore new aesthetic terrain.” By examining historical and contemporary society, as well as the practices of art, the film questions why some traditions are broken while others are created. This episode of ART21 features the artists Tania Bruguera, Abraham Cruzvilegas and Wolfgang Laib. ART21 is supported by PBS and acts as a nonprofit global leader in art education, providing access to unique creation processes of today’s artists. Concepts and themes presented in the film “Legacy” will be discussed amongst a panel of educators, artists, and professionals from Northwest Arkansas immediately following the screening.
The sUgAR gallery is an interdepartmental exhibition space featuring the visual research of students, faculty, and visiting lecturers from the Department of Art and Fay Jones School of Architecture representing the Departments of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Interior Design. sUgAR is made possible by the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Art, the Fay Jones School of Architecture, and the University of Arkansas’ Facilities Management.