‘Long, Bright, World’
When: artist talk and reception 2 p.m. today; Exhibit Nov. 19 through Jan. 4
Where: Roy C. Moore Art Gallery, University of North Georgia Gainesville campus, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood
More info: ung.edu/art-galleries/gainesville/index.php
Installation artist Amanda Small uses her work to explore the relationship between physical place and intangible experience. She also considers perceptions of the present moment and the remote cosmos to present new ways of looking at the world around us.
Her newest exhibit “Long, Bright, World” showcases her interpretations and will be on display from today until Jan. 4 at the Roy C. Moore Art Gallery in the Continuing Education/Performing Arts Building on the University of North Georgia Gainesville campus. She will talk about her artwork and artist residency experiences in conjunction with the opening at 2 p.m. today at 3820 Mundy Mill Road in Oakwood. Her talk will take place in CEPA 108 and will be shown via videoconference in Hansford Hall.
“I am exploring the interval between the finite and infinitesimal, as well as humanity’s relationship to the universe,” Small said. “I create installations that combine mundane materials and ambiguous imagery that can be concurrently microscopic and stellar, conveying multiple dimensions and perspectives. I choose to consider each piece as an ‘environment-system,’ and part of a greater ‘collection’ or collective experience.”
In her work at UNG she said she reflects on ideas of multiple worlds and the unidentified zones situated between fiction and reality and how people experience the world around us in relation to our identity, both as an individual, and as a collective.
“The work symbolizes a view of the world as more vast and complex, more unpredictable and colorful, than what our comprehension, here and now, would let us know,” Small said.
She uses patterning and symbology to point to an underlying interconnectedness and a shared structure.
“By looking with curiosity at the landscape and merging rational and technological order with notions of beauty and the transcendental,” she said, “I use technological methods to visualize aspects of the natural world, taking micro and macro views of the earth, cells, satellite mapping, topographies and systematic patterning and translate that information into installations that contemplate the meaning of ‘home’ or ‘place.’”
For more information, visit ung.edu/art-galleries/gainesville/index.php.