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Art department announces 2022-2023 Thompson Gallery exhibitions

‘Safe in Unsafe’ by Xia Zhang

Last updated October 6, 2022

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The Furman University Department of Art has announced its Thompson Gallery exhibitions for the 2022-2023 academic year. Kicking off a series of five exhibitions is “safe unsafe” by Xia Zhang, whose work will be on display in the gallery through Oct. 17. Thompson Gallery is located in the Roe Art Building. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. All exhibitions and artist receptions are free and open to the public.

white woman in strange suite, yellow background

‘Yellow Fever Agitations’ by Xia Zhang

“safe unsafe”
Xia Zhang
Ongoing through Monday, Oct. 17
Reception and artist talk via Zoom: Monday, Oct. 17, 6-7 p.m.

Xia Zhang’s “safe unsafe” is a solo exhibition of video, photographs and sculpture. With the inclusion of large-scale videos, the exhibition showcases many of Zhang’s works as artifacts of belonging through the documentation of labor, performance, process and media through a lens of structural identities: female, Chinese.

“My practice is an unlearning of assimilation. It contemplates how the physical body is seen in the public sphere of whiteness and privately within itself. Working with processes of craft and documented actions allow for consideration of how ethnic and feminine identity is laboriously performed and endured for the sake of belonging. I strive to understand and dismantle the systems that have normalized subtle and overt hostilities that are inescapable based on the skins we inhabit.”—Xia Zhang

Additional exhibitions follow:

work by Todd McDonald

‘Threshold’ by Todd McDonald

“Thresholds”
Todd McDonald
Tuesday, Oct. 25-Monday, Dec. 12
Reception: Friday, Oct. 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Furman homecoming weekend)

“Born out of wild and natural surroundings, our senses developed to pick up subtle and nuanced cues that were contingent for survival. We now divide our time between real, physical existence and the electronic space of media consumption. Distracted and mesmerized, we contend with highly sensitive receptors that are overloaded with amplified and distorted stimulation.

“As an image maker, I try to make sense of this situation where daily life is a constant negotiation of the quiet, dense sensuality of the real that is suffocated by the synthetic and constructed media sphere. Through painterly discourse, I use various conventions of painting, photography and digital outputs to generate imagery and syntax that display the entanglement of human biology and culture in both how we see and construct meaning.”—Todd McDonald

Matthew Baumgardner
Tuesday, Jan. 17-Friday, Feb. 17
Reception: Friday, Jan. 20

a 12-inch cube on a stand with paintings, etchings and other designs.

‘Cube #10’ 12″ x 12″ x 12″, by Matthew Baumgardner

Twelve students from ART 274: Curatorial Issues and Practices present the work of the late Matthew Baumgardner. The show includes paintings, drawings and sculptural cubes. Baumgardner’s signature mud paintings will be shown in addition to his birch plywood series for which he received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship.

Artist-in-Residence
Monday, Feb. 27-Friday, March 31
Reception: Friday, March 31

Senior Show
Friday, April 14-Saturday, May 6
Reception: Friday, April 14

For more information, contact the Furman Department of Art at 864-294-2950.

Last updated October 6, 2022
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