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Shrines: Power, Desire, Fetish, Obsession

Shrines: Power, Desire, Fetish, Obsession

Gallery 1308, Union South
December 2 – February 6, 2016

Gallery 1308 is featuring the work of Mark Nelson, who is currently a professor in the School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison.  

According to Mark Nelson, A shrine lies at the nexus of the past and the future, triggering memories while at the same time channeling aspirations. Shrines bring people together while at the same time supporting introspection. This show creates a context for all of these activities, incorporating a series of shrines that reference pop art, Celtic patterns, blackwork tattoos, fetish culture, street art, Byzantine paintings, and Gothic pilgrimage shrines.

The ideas expressed in the show are ones that artists find compelling. Right on the surface, the idea of a shrine is about how one has the power to design a space that can elevate mundane objects (such as bones or entrails or cloth) to an otherworldly status. The figures appear to float in a space that is slightly beyond emotion, contemplating a world beyond our own, like inverted Byzantine figures that exist outside of time. Exploring the ideas of power, desire, fetish, and obsession through an installation has multiple levels of engagement.

Be sure to check out this great exhibition!

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Across the Sea - by Chen Cheng-Po

Across the Sea - by Chen Cheng-Po

Class of 1925 Gallery, Memorial Union
December 9 - February 20, 2016

We welcome you to attend the opening reception of Chen Cheng-Po's exhibition: Across the Sea. 

In this exhibition, the life of Chen is displayed through his art over time. This artist, alive from 1895-1947 captured the culture of his hometown through his pieces. He wanted to reform the aesthetic education in Taiwanese society. Over the years, Chen traveled from Tokyo, to Shanghai, to Taiwan. These stepping stones of movement in his life are reflected in his pieces. 

Be sure not to miss out on this historic exhibition!

 

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