The Pauly Friedman Art Gallery at Misericordia University will explore sound, movement and art with the exhibition, "Percussion!," from Nov. 1 to Feb. 20, 2020. "Percussion!" features the works of New York-based artist Stefana McClure, who grew up in Northern Ireland, and Colombian artist Johana Moscoso.
Both artists use movement, pressure and striking motions in their art to represent their experiences with conflict and change. Video displays of the artists in action will provide an audio component within the visual exhibition.
In McClure's "Protest Jackets," rocks that have been wrapped in poetry and hurled at a wall fill the pockets of schoolchildren's jackets to show innocence interrupted by violence. A graduate of Hornsey College of Art in London, McClure continued her studies at Kyoto Seika University in Japan. She has had solo exhibitions in New York, Mexico and London, and her work has been included in exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre of Culture and Fine Art, Hafnarfjörður, Iceland; the art museums of Yale and Harvard universities; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, and the Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, Germany, among others.
Moscoso is a Colombian-American artist currently living and working in Tennessee. Her artwork explores co-narratives of South American and North American cultures, and incorporates a variety of mediums into installations that express her interest in gender roles, culture and migration. Her ceramic tiles, imprinted with the shoeprints of dancers, show traces of the salsa and Colombia's traditional folk dance – the cumbia.
"Despite being from two different continents, these artists share a similar aesthetic in their use of performance and materials to visually explore the nature of action," said Lalaine Little, Ph.D., director, Pauly Friedman Art Gallery. "Inspired by the quick steps of a dancer, the keys of a typewriter – the artworks represent the impact of those overlapping, click-clacking sounds and movements. We hope visitors will be intrigued not only by the visual result, but by concepts and processes behind the artwork."
The meet-the-artists reception is Saturday, Nov. 2, from 5:30-7 p.m. The evening includes live performances and demonstrations with light refreshments.
Fall hours for the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery are Tuesday through Thursday, 12-7 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 12-5 p.m., or by appointment. The gallery is closed Mondays and all university holidays. For additional information, please go to www.misericordia.edu/art or call the gallery at 570-674-6250.