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M Path

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 3:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Joann Cole Mitte Gallery 1

This exhibition seeks to create an empathic gaze on the part of the viewer to the artist’s work and the ideas contained therein. Empathy—defined as the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another without having the feelings, thoughts communicated explicitly—is the focus of this group exhibition, which creates the emotional architecture wherein the viewer responds to the work in an empathic way. Offered in support of the university’s Common Experience, Minds Matter: Exploring Mental Health and Illness, the exhibition is comprised of 20 artists’ works from the US and Europe and explores the diverse nature of emotional dissonance, unease, and the evaluation of emotion. As such, identity, or lack thereof, is used as a standard for and a path to the establishment the viewers’ emotional and empathic responses.

The exhibition is comprised of a variety of works in a survey of media. Included is an interactive performance of a work titled Comfort Sessions by Austin based artist Katelena Hernandez, wherein the artist sings lullabies to the audience participants. Also featured is an installation work by Portland artists Sean Hathaway and Carlos Severe Marcelin titled T, E.D. (Transformations, Emotional Deconstruction), also an interactive work which not only pulls statements of emotion from the internet but also allows for direct interaction from the university’s population via social media and internet access

Mary Mikel Stump
Common Experience
Visual Arts
Faculty, General Interest, Staff, Undergraduate Students
M Path