Thursday, September 6, 2012

At Clough-Hanson, "In Search of ...": Art for the Sci-fi Nerd

Posted By on Thu, Sep 6, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Leah Beefermans 1201.2280v1 (Detail)
  • Leah Beeferman's 1201.2280v1 (Detail)

When Hamlett Dobbins, director of the Clough-Hanson Gallery, sent me information for their upcoming exhibition season, I was pleasantly surprised to see what was to be the first exhibition, "In Search of..." Dustin Dennis, Amanda Lechner and Christopher Ulivo, organizers of the exhibition, released this statement.

In Search Of... was a 1970s speculative documentary TV series narrated by Leonard Nimoy famous for its expansive subject matter, semi-psychedelic visuals, and creepy lo-fi synth score. Yes, the style of the show is very appealing but there is a layer of appeal beyond its dated charm. One week’s programming may cover the lost city of Atlantis, the next show Bigfoot, followed by an alien pyramid architect debate. The possibility of super-natural or extra-terrestrial explanations to a theory was approached with excitement and imagination instead of skepticism and doubt. It was the ‘search’ that was important not the proof!  This methodology resonates with visual artists for whom the truth lies not necessarily in the depiction of life as it appears but instead as it might or could be.”

I am sci-fi nerd, and this exhibition appeals to me in several ways. I have tried on many occasions to be like Leonard Nimoy, narrator of the television show. Yet, this is a very different exhibition for the Clough-Hanson Gallery. Their programming mostly consists of traditional media with a focus painting. It will be interesting to see how this type of exhibition will work at the Rhodes College gallery.

To pique your interest further, here is a link to an episode on youtube:

The exhibition brings together work by Mark Shetabi, Betsy Odom, Ryan Mrozowski, Ross Sawyers, Leah Beeferman, Sean McCarthy, David Humphrey, Amanda Lechner, Mike Peter Smith, Frank Heath, Brian Zegeer, Rachel Frank, Phil Whitman, Matt Bollinger, Christopher Ulivo, Jackie Hoving, Carl Baratta, Erin Harmon, Dustin Dennis, Nathaniel Stern and Scott Kildall / Tweets in Space.

Amanda Lechners Gaiter Pratt Delegates
  • Amanda Lechner's Gaiter Pratt Delegates

The organizers will give a free panel discussion on the exhibition on Thursday, September 6th at 7 p.m. in Blount Auditorium in Buckman Hall on the Rhodes College campus.
The opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Friday, September 7th from 6-8 pm. 
Clough-Hanson Gallery will also team up with Crosstown Arts to present a screening of classic In Search Of… episodes at Crosstown Arts (427 North Watkins) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19th.
The Rhodes College Department of Art will also present a lecture by Harvard professor Dr. Steven C. Schlozman in connection with the exhibition at 7 p.m. September 20th in Blount Auditorium. Dr. Schlozman is the author of The Zombie Autopsies.

Images courtesy of the artists

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