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"The Day On Fire: Apocalypse in Contemporary Art"
Start Date: 9/4/2012Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Date: 9/4/2012End Time: 4:30 PM
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Event Description:

The ETSU Department of Art & Design and the Slocumb Galleries in partnership with the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts present “The Day On Fire: Apocalypse in Contemporary Art” from August 20 to September 14, 2012 at the Slocumb Galleries, SUBmarine Gallery at the Campus Center and the Tipton Gallery. Artist Christopher Mir will present a lecture on September 11, Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Ball Hall Auditorium, the exhibit reception follows at the Slocumb Galleries.

The Department of Art & Design’s Visiting Artist and Gallery Committee curated and juried the exhibition which drew 147 artists submissions from the US and Canada. Committee Chair Mira Gerard, describes the work included in the show as “43 carefully selected paintings, sculptures, videos and two-dimensional works that comprise The Day on Fire: Apocalypse in Contemporary Art reflect a cross-section of current preoccupations with devastation, war, end-times, and environmental collapse. The artists included in this exhibition openly question the meaning of ending by offering a contemporary perspective on memento mori, consciously acknowledging the relationship of desire and the death drive without offering definitive answers.”  According to Gerard, the title The Day On Fire is derived from a passage out of Rimbaud’s first-person masterwork A Season in Hell during which he takes on the self-mocking guise of a frenzied mystic, grasping at meaning through a performed poem.   Like Rimbaud’s multiple-personality narrator, The Day on Fire is at times nostalgic, hopeful, devastated, romantic, humorous, and grandiose.”

The participating artists are: Josh Azzarella (NY), Gwendolyn Bigham (NC), Kristin Casaletto (GA), Steve Cole (AL), Lauren Cunningham (GA), Drew Etienne (IN), Ben Fain (NY), Joel Fisher and Justin Leonard (NY), Kate Gilmore (NY), Robly Glover (TX), Jason Godeke (PA), Brandice Guerra (OK), Cheryl Hochberg (PA), Mary Hood (AZ), Anna Kenar (OH), Bryce Lafferty (AL), Caroline Larsen (ON), Daniel Leivick (CA), Tom Lundberg (CO), Gregory Martens (WI), Matthew Meers (AR), Robert Minervini (CA), Christopher Mir (CT), Tameka Norris (CT), Ray Ogar (AR), Jonathan Purtill (TN), Donald Robson (GA), Carrie Schneider (NY), Jerry Schutte (AZ), Casey Jex Smith (OH), Ned Snider (NY), Alexander Solomon (MI), Daniel Tankersley (FL), Ted Vogel (OR), Katie Waugh (NY), Adam Williams (FL).           

The Slocumb Galleries are located at Ernest C. Ball Hall, along Sherrod Drive,; SUBmarine Gallery is located at room 209 at the Campus Center Building, both at ETSU Campus. The galleries are open to the public free of charge, Mondays thru Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with extended hours during receptions. The Tipton Gallery is located at 126 Spring St., Downtown Johnson City and is sponsored by the Urban Redevelopment Alliance (URA); open during First Fridays, receptions and by appointment. For more information, please contact SG Director Karlota I. Contreras-Koterbay via email or call 423.483.317. You may also visit or the ETSU PlanIt Calendar under Museum & Galleries or Visual Arts categories.

Location Information:
ETSU Main Campus - Ball Hall
Room: Auditorium

ETSU Main Campus - Ball Hall
Room: Slocumb Galleries
Contact Information:
Name: Karlota I. Contreras-Koterbay
Phone: 423.483.3179
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