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Gallery Opening and Artist Reception

Nancy Blum, RC Class of '85: Drawings
Friday, October 19, 2018
5:30-7:00 PM
RC Art Gallery East Quadrangle Map
Join us for the opening reception for the exhibit described below. Refreshments will be served, and Nancy will be on site to enjoy conversation with you.

RC alumna '85 Nancy Blum returns to East Quad to exhibit her drawings of flowers and to deliver the 10/19 Robertson Lecture on her public art installations.

Excerpted from her artist statement:
My large‐scale works on paper, rendered in ink, colored pencil, gouache and graphite, portray a fantastic realm in which flowers own the space. I use a variety of 16th and 17th-century botanical images, from Chinese plum blossoms to German botanicals, as starting points for each drawing. Rather than alluding to an actual landscape, I instead combine species of plants in the same drawing that would not customarily exist together in nature. Obsessive handwork creates intricate layers of visual information to be discovered over time and, in this way, the works become a seductive meditation for the viewer.

I use botanical motifs to create images that are universally associated with growth and continuity. My deeper intent is to conjure the ‘flower’ as an active, forceful agent, subverting a culturally conditioned point of view that often deems the ephemeral and the organic as less powerful and of limited value. My ‘wonderland’ presents a view of life that pulses with expansive fecundity; hopefully, it also propels comprehension of the connectedness of all beings within the limitless energy operating throughout this world.
Building: East Quadrangle
Event Type: Reception / Open House
Tags: Art, Culture, Exhibition, Food, Free, Visual Arts, Well-being
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Residential College