Arcadia University Art Gallery presents JG: a new film project by Tacita Dean
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Arcadia University Art Gallery is pleased to announce the presentation of JG by internationally acclaimed British-born, Berlin-based artist Tacita Dean. Commissioned by and made for the gallery, and funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, JGwill be on view from February 7 through April 21, 2013.
JGis a sequel in technique to FILM, Dean’s 2011 project for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. It is inspired by her correspondence with British author J.G. Ballard (1930-2009) regarding connections between Robert Smithson’s iconic earthwork and film Spiral Jetty (both works, 1970) and Ballard’s short story The Voices of Time (1960). The new 26-minute work is a looped 35mm anamorphic film shot on location in the saline landscapes of Utah and Southern California using Dean’s recently developed and patented system of aperture gate masking. A radical departure from her previous 16mm films, JGtries to respond to Ballard’s challenge, posed to her shortly before he died, that Dean should “treat the Spiral Jetty as a mystery her film would solve.”
Organized by Arcadia University Art Gallery Director Richard Torchia, the exhibition will commence with a lecture by Dean in the Great Hall of the University Commons, Thursday,Feb. 7, at 6:30 PM, and a reception in the gallery at 7:30. (Admission is free but reservations are required and can be made at arcadia.edu/tacitadean.)
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GLENSIDE, Pa. (April 5, 2013) – On Wednesday, April 10, Arcadia University Art Gallery presents “Mythographer of the 21st Century: J. G. Ballard and Ballardian Aesthetics (Depicting the Psychology, Society & Aesthetics of the Future),” a lecture by writer, musician and publisher V. Vale. Free and open to the public, Vale’s lecture is at 6:30 p.m. in the Commons Great Room on Arcadia’s main campus (450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, Pa.), with a reception at 5:30 p.m.