Possibilities are “Limitless” at Agnes Scott Art Exhibit

Thursday, March 4, 2010

“Limitless,” an exhibition of art unbound by conventional mediums or techniques at Agnes Scott College’s Dalton Gallery, is in its final week and will conclude at 4 p.m. March 7.
The exhibit is part of Agnes Scott’s Year of Galileo, a series of events exploring Galileo Galilei’s complex life and innovative work, inspired by the 400th anniversary of his invention of the telescope.

As Galileo embodies a pure spirit of the liberal arts with his holistic approach to discovery through creative invention, the artists in “Limitless” take wide-ranging approaches to art making while using an expansive scope to view the universe.

Limitless features artists who combine media and ideas in unconventional and surprising ways, said Lisa Alembik, director of The Dalton Gallery. Artists include Didi Dunphy, E.K. Huckaby, Lee Kean, Klimchak, Joe Peragine and Martha Whittington.

Klimchak, an Atlanta percussionist who often builds his own unique instruments, has a group of them on display, as well as several videos illustrating his unique percussion techniques and styles. He frequently composes music for local theatre and dance groups, working from the rehearsal stage to organize sounds in support of the productions. Klimchak worked with students in the Agnes Scott education, art and music departments, teaching them about eclectic instruments and found sound. In late February he performed live at the Bradley Observatory in collaboration with Professor of Physics and Astronomy Chris De Pree, who put on a planetarium show.

Joe Peragine, professor of art at Georgia State University, built a striking war scene diorama on site that includes cardboard tanks, boats and helicopters set against an ominous sky. It does not portray a specific war, but instead fuses together elements reminiscent of several wars.

Artist Martha Whittington, professor at Savannah College of Art & Design, has created two drawing machines, one that carves into the wall and another that erases. The motors and mechanisms combine with movement and action to form a poetic visual and sonorous experience.

Georgia artist E.K. Huckaby’s is exploring the theme of hygiene. “Hotel Bacteria” is a miniature room created from carved paint chips and mold and bacteria collected from the artist’s home. A series of paintings that fill a room in the gallery feature sinks that appear to have been rubbed out, like a stain. Titled XINXS, these somber, obsessive works reference artist Francis Bacon’s homage to Pope Innocent X.

“That’s what’s exciting. You keep looking and you keep seeing different things and making exciting connections. The artists’ work can be understood in infinite ways,” Alembik said.

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.