ONLINE SCOOP: Mixed Media Exhibit in Art Gallery

Objects as varied as copper wire, x-ray images, metal prints, music, and computer generated materials were used in surprising artistic ways in a mixed media exhibition called Techknowledge at Holy Family University. From September 4-26, the Holy Family University Art Gallery hosted various works of six artists from The Philadelphia Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art, a national organization committed to educating the public about the artistic contributions of women.

A panel discussion titled “Technology: Accepting of/Adapting to/Embracing” was led by Professor and Writing Coordinator Janice Showler, PhD; film and spoken word artist Bonnie MacAllister, MAT; and multimedia artist Laura Petrovich-Cheney, MFA. Technology is described as the making, modification, usage and knowledge of tools, machines, techniques, crafts, and systems used to solve a problem, improve a solution, achieve a goal or perform a function. Work in this exhibit addresses a full range of that knowledge.

Karen Love Cooler is a painter, sculptor, printmaker, and mixed media artist who’s exhibited work professionally for more than 15 years. Her work in this exhibit uses images of menhirs found in Portugal. Menhirs are large upright stones ancient people used to measure the passage of time. Cooler used her digital photos to create paintings shown in the exhibit. Nicole Patrice Dul is a printmaker and art and culture administrator, who teaches art at Holy Family. Her work is comprised of representational imagery translated into intaglio, relief, and planographic prints, mixed media paintings, and artist books. The Philadelphia area artist has shown work in many exhibitions and is a member of Orchard Artworks, a fine arts and crafts cooperative gallery in Bryn Athyn. Elaine M. Erne is an artist who uses dark humor in art as a means of expressing dilemma. She has developed a series of prints and drawings called the “Lives and Traumas of Stuffed Animals”, a series done using lithography with traditional and non-traditional materials. She teaches at Moore College of Art in Philadelphia. Danielle Ferrell ’11 of Philadelphia will exhibit multimedia work that confronts themes of memory advertisement, awareness, brainstorming, and process in a piece called “No Flash Please”. Her work uses chine collé print-making technique in which the image is transferred to a surface that is bonded to a heavier support in the printing process. Bonnie MacAllister uses animation techniques like stop-action in her work. She has trained in Super 8, and linear and nonlinear editing, as well as non-commercial broadcasting. Her recent exhibits include works done in film with original soundtracks, still photography printed on metal, fiber art, and spoken word performance. She is from Philadelphia. Laura Petrovich-Cheney is a multimedia artist and beekeeper from Asbury Park, New Jersey, who uses photography to create a visual narrative which she shares with the world through Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, and her website. “The results are always spontaneous and the act is never static,” she said. Janice Showler is a writing coordinator and Associate Professor of English at Holy Family who is fascinated by efforts to build computers with human behavior. Her preliminary research suggests that computers are not only changing how we live today, but also what makes us human.

The Art Gallery is located in the Lower Level of the Northeast Campus’ Education and Technology Center, and hours are Monday through Friday 8 am to 9 pm and Saturday and Sunday noon to 4 pm. Schools and large groups are welcome. Exhibits and reception events are free and open to the public.For arrangements or more information call Professor Pamela Flynn, 267-341-3418, or e-mail pflynn@holyfamily.edu.

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