School of Art Presents ‘Confluence – 4 from the Hamiltonian’ Exhibit

Posted: November 16, 2010 at 1:01 am, Last Updated: November 15, 2010 at 4:31 pm

The School of Art is currently presenting “Confluence,” an exhibition featuring the works of four artists who are present or former fellows at the Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington, D.C.

The exhibit is in the Fine Art Gallery of the Art and Design Building on the Fairfax Campus through Dec. 1.

The Hamiltonian Gallery was founded by Paul So, a faculty member in physics and astronomy at Mason’s Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study who took art classes in college and paints in his free time.

The artists represented are Jonathan Monaghan, Leah Frankel, Michael Iacovone and Lina Vargas De La Hoz.

According to gallery director Walter Kravitz, the artists “question the modality of what is typical in painting, printmaking and sculpture today, asking for a dialogue between the art and the viewer, and through social consciousness, allowing ideological questions and content to permeate, rather than obviate, their works.”

Monaghan’s work features new media projects, through which he explores a wide range of religious themes. Diving into Christian iconography, he elicits from his viewers a sense of dread or loss, mostly through his depictions of transmogrified corporeal beings.

Frankel is interested how we, as humans, change or manipulate ecological systems by subjecting materials such as ice to foreign environments such as heated rooms. She focuses on what she calls the “human mark in nature.”

Iacovone is a photographer and video artist, but he says he is also “interested in urban landscapes, mapping and formulas … and in demystifying the artist by revealing [the artist’s] processes.”

Vargas De La Hoz appropriates ordinary objects and clothing and transforms their functions. She has collected body garments and uses them as material for larger and more flexible tent-like sheathes to cover, and sometimes protect, a larger population.

“These four artists draw our attention to physical space, whether it be the urban landscape or the body itself — dazzling us with the caprice of a changing world and the art that changes with it,” Kravitz says.

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