Anfinson Exhibition Opens October 19
(October 8, 2009) The Draewell Gallery of Art on the campus of Judson University is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition Confrontations by Murfreesboro, Tenn.- based artist Erin Anfinson.
The exhibition runs October 19 through November 13, and Anfinson will be on campus to give a lecture in conjunction with the closing reception on November 13, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Herrick Chapel at Judson University’s Elgin campus. The reception will immediately follow her lecture from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Draewell Gallery.
The paintings and drawings in Confrontations were inspired by Anfinson’s ongoing interest in peoples’ complex perceptions of the natural world. Her intrigue of her own dramatic and fantastical expectations of nature cause her work to question the degree to which one can be informed and misinformed via wild representation. She accomplishes this by creating paintings and drawings that use monochromatic abstracted images of flora and fauna derived from clip art, found photography, and digital photographs taken by the artist near her childhood home in rural Iowa. She intentionally chooses this imagery to work with because she believes they best capture the often unseen and dramatic events that occur in the natural world, such as animal confrontations.
Her abstraction of such imagery often forces the viewer to apply meaning to the distorted and shifting versions of the reality she presents. This is much like the game of pretend that occurs in our collective experience of cloud gazing, a reference Anfinson does not shy away from. When we as viewers participate in the game by giving content to an abstracted shape, as we do when we look for recognizable images in the clouds, we place ourselves within the scene depicted and become an active participant in the confrontation depicted.
“As the director of the Draewell Gallery, it is exciting for me to be able to bring artists to exhibit whose work is going to challenge our perception of the world and often leave us with more questions asked then are answered. Erin’s work does this and I am proud to be able to bring it for our students to view,” said Joe Cory, director, Draewell Gallery of Art.
Anfinson graduated with her MFA in painting from the University of Connecticut in 2003 and her BA in studio art from the University of Northern Iowa in 2001. The exhibition and all events are free and open to the public.