Mixed media installations by Coe faculty featured in upcoming art exhibitions

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2018-01-05 08:37:11 - General

In the first Coe art show of 2018, new works created by the college's art professors will be exhibited. Digitally-produced objects and video installations by Josh Thorud entitled "Trust me, I'm on TV" will be featured, along with "Saccharine," an installation exploring the sweet, sticky world of kitsch created by Jennifer Rogers.

An opening reception will be held in the Sinclair lobby on Friday, Jan. 12, from 5 - 7 p.m., with gallery talks by both artists at 6 p.m.  The exhibitions will be on display in the Marvin Cone and Eaton-Buchan Galleries of Sinclair Auditorium from Saturday, Jan. 13 through Saturday, Feb. 3, with regular gallery hours from 4 - 6 p.m. daily.  The reception and exhibitions are free and open to the public.

More detailed information about the exhibitions is as follows:

"Trust me, I'm on TV" by Josh Thorud

From the
From the "Trust me, I'm on TV" exhibition by Josh Thorud

False authority breeds alternate truth. The ubiquity of digital image manipulation and the proliferation of deceptive sources have left a mark on our ability to determine visual authenticity. Through mistranslated personalized photo objects, video collage and sculpture, Josh Thorud's "Trust me, I'm on TV" evaluates how false information is disseminated - from dubious medical advice on television to YouTube trolls barking out of the void.

Thorud is an artist, screenwriter and educator, who serves as an assistant professor of art at Coe College. His work has been shown in the U.S., Mexico, Germany, Russia and Serbia. Thorud's art has been exhibited at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Sediment Arts Gallery and Anderson Gallery, all in Richmond, Virginia, and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina in Novi Sad, Serbia. His screenplays and films have been selected for the Austin Film Festival, Athens International Film and Video Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival and many others. Thorud's screenplay, "Murphy's Act," won Best International Crime/Thriller Screenplay in 2016 at the Oaxaca Film Festival Global Feature Screenplay Challenge.

Thorud received his bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa and earned an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in photography and film.

"Saccharine" by Jennifer Rogers

From the
From the "Saccharine" exhibition by Jennifer Rogers

Multi-media installations by Jennifer Rogers take the form of vast interior landscapes. Inspired by domestic spaces, natural patterns and complex compositional arrangements, these environments offer quiet yet dramatic glimpses into the familiar. Clay, wood, fabric, wire, plaster and found objects shape these artificial microcosms, creating a dialogue between material, object and viewer.

"Saccharine" takes the notion of landscape a bit further to explore the sweet, sticky world of kitsch with figurines, fruits, vegetables, plants, ashtrays and mirrors. Some objects, like the figurines, are direct references to collectables often found on a mantle fireplace. Others, like fruits and vegetables, are more at home as part of a larger dining room tablescape. The plants and ashtrays offer a more dramatic and direct reference to a temporal and ever-changing landscape which includes growth, life and death. The addition of mirrors and shadows invites the views to become active participants in the piece, impacting and reiterating the short-term satisfaction kitsch offers to us all.

An assistant professor of art at Coe College, Rogers received her bachelor’s degree from Coe in 2003 and earned an MFA at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities in 2007.  Her work has been exhibited in Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Philadelphia, South Dakota and Canada.

For more information on the exhibitions, call 319-399-8000.