Monday, March 01, 2010

Stake Your Claim: Tonight at Wabash

Stake Your Claim
Monday, March 1st, 8pm - 9:30pm
Wabash College
Crawfordsville, IN

Two Wabash faculty, Kristen Wilkins and Jeff Eisenberg, will be opening an exhibition on Monday, March 1st at 8:00 p.m., on campus in the Eric Dean and Permanent Collection Galleries. The exhibition titled Stake Your Claim! unlike anything we have featured in our galleries before, is representative of a growing direction in the contemporary art world. It breaks from a long-standing notion that the visual artist is a solitary being working in seclusion, as this show features collaboration between two artists and a number of other members of our community. Professors Wilkins and Eisenberg met this year here at Wabash. Quite naturally, they discovered overlapping interests in their creative visions and have been working in tandem developing this exhibition since last November. This exhibition removes the distance between artist and viewer and encourages participation, inviting visitors to become actively involved in this world of art and commerce, of transient culture (where people under 40 will change jobs an average of 10 times), and where the American Dream becomes redefined. The exhibition creates a world, both actual and virtual, that meets consumer culture head-on and suggests that we consider the complexities of our contemporary society.

The exhibition is an immersive experience as it includes painting, photography, a video installation, a video game, sound art, a “trading” table, and more. Please join the Art Department for the premiere of Stake Your Claim! (And bring your pack mule).

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