Current / Upcoming Exhibits

ARC OF THE MORAL AND VIRAL UNIVERSE NOTEBOOKS

Carla Rae Johnson

February 1 – April 26, 2023

Reception, Thursday, February 16

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

I do not pretend to understand the moral universe, the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways. I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience. But from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice. — Theodore Parker, 1853

Deeply concerned about the trajectory of justice in our country in 2018, I found Theodore Parker’s words recurring in my mind. Does it indeed bend towards justice?

I put out a call for participants in a notebook project to address the “Arc of the Moral Universe.” That yielded more than 60 volumes filled with drawings, sketches, writing, lyrics, photos, montages, cut-outs, fold-outs, and abstractions documenting one year in each of their lives. 

In 2020, I confronted the reality of a world-wide viral pandemic and the “Arc of the Viral Universe” was begun. I invited participants from the first notebook project, plus 100 creative individuals from all walks of life. This resulted in over 30 bound volumes documenting daily lives, unease about the future, concerns for the planet, outrage at the effects of systemic racism, apprehensions about threats to democracy, and glimmerings of hope in the midst of the most challenging of times. They confirm my belief that “Creative people are among the ones to register these events and respond in hopeful, compassionate, and positive ways.” carlaraejohnson.org

PHOTO OF CARLA RAE JOHNSON BY HOWARD GOODMAN

CENTER FOR THE DIGITAL ARTS GALLERY HOURS

Monday – Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

REIMAGINED ELEMENTS

By Christine Knowlton

September 6 – December 9, 2022
Reception and Artist Talk: Tuesday, September 276:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Shifting with context and light, pieces of art interact with time and place, adding a fourth dimension when seen, while others journey deep into the elements of nature.

Christine Knowlton’s reflective art brings the viewer contextually into each piece: shifting with context and light, the art interacts with time and place, adding a fourth dimension. The palette includes mirror shards, auto glass fragments, mica, iridescent textured paint, and intricately collaged images.This exhibit includes a cathartic fishing net installation, and colorful mixed media collages and canvases. Ten mixed media collages evoke characteristics of the Zen Elements of Nature (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water), the essences that comprise our universe and all of life and flow between. The photography series brings a mirror-shard canvas in places outside to capture the intersection of reflective art and seasonal moments.ChristineKnowltonArt.comInstagram: christine.knowlton.1

CENTER FOR THE DIGITAL ARTS GALLERY HOURS
Monday – Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.