BARE-MONTGOMERY GALLERY- Exhibition
Title: 13 WAYS OF LOOKING AT A RED CHAIR
Duration: Sept. 18- Oct. 6, 2023
Reception: Sept. 21, 4:30-6:30pm
Location: Bare-Montgomery Gallery (Fairbanks Hall)
230 North 7th Street, Terre Haute, IN 47809
All ISU Exhibitions are free and open to the public. This means family and friends are welcome.
13 WAYS OF LOOKING AT A RED CHAIR
In 1917, Wallace Stevens wrote his important poem, 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird. Influenced by Cubism and Imagism, Stevens looks at his subject from multiple points of view. The resulting series of cantos portray not just one but many blackbirds in situations ranging from observational to abstract and metaphysical.
Inspired by Stevens’ poem, students in the Intermediate and Advanced Painting classes have created the works in this exhibition using a single red chair as their subject. Together, the paintings – like Stevens’ poem – suggest the passing of time and shifting points of view. As viewers, we are asked to enlarge our notion of what a chair is and does through the multiplicity of approaches.
The titles are influenced by the imaginative leaps and lyrical phrasing of Stevens’ poem, and inspired by the thoughts, feelings, and ideas generated in the painting process.