Fieldworks: Creative Research by DU Faculty 2019
The second annual exhibition featuring the creative research and artworks of faculty members at the University of Denver School of Art and Art History.
The everyday reality of art making is overlooked. Works exhibited in museums and galleries are only final products of tedious research. Art genesis occurs only through prolonged periods of intense investigation and experimentation. Ideas are unfolded, methodologies questioned as artists expand their practices.
This exhibition offers a candid view of the art-making process with a special focus on research, revision, successes, and failures. Six artists allow us a candid glimpse of their unique modus operandi. Visitors can expect to see new and old works, projects in progress, and process materials. 2019 participating faculty members are interdisciplinary, utilizing wide-ranging practices rooted in diverse materials and methodologies. Featured professors include Raphael Fajardo, Meg Jackson, Deborah Howard, Mia Mulvey and Bin Ramke, and Chinn Wang.
Design, gaming, and identity propel Emergent Digital Practices professor Rafael Fajardo’s art-making philosophy. Farjado’s SWEAT project has published several video games commenting on (il)legal human trafficking on the US – Mexico Border. Art Historian Dr. Meg Jackson’s research and writings explore trauma and kinetic processes in contemporary works. Deborah Howard sees the shoe as a powerful symbol of the human experience. Her paintings and sculptures are meditations on migration and memory, presence and absence. Cultural signifiers and coded languages illuminate the real and the imagined in Chinn Wang’s whimsical printmaking. Ceramicist Mia Mulvey will additionally collaborate with Phipps Chair and Literary Professor Bin Ramke. Both professors are keenly aware of the interplay between art, science, and technology.