Andrea Johnson and Meghanne Naylor have exhibits on display in the Memorial Union Art Gallery until Jan. 3. Johnson’s exhibit, titled “Content with Fear,” and Naylor’s exhibit, titled “Portrait of a Lady,” contain a number of pieces and are located in the main exhibit area of the gallery.
In Johnson’s exhibit, she explores fear that individuals encounter on a daily basis. She says her pieces represent what she does not want to become, content with her fear. “I want to convey a sense of living life in this bubble of fear. I see this as a wasteful, mediocre way of spending time on earth,” Johnson said. “By living their lives in this fear, the painted figures are missing out on the beautiful world around them. They are literally trapped by their fears, the dark sludge, enveloping them.”
Naylor’s “Portrait of a Lady” exhibit is centered on and based around women and their self-image. Naylor applies the paint for each image with varied layers and thickness to help portray layers of the female psyche. “I concentrated on expressing this idea by exposing the many layers women may have within themselves; the person who is perceived by others and the person they perceive themselves to be,” Naylor said. “I also wanted to convey the feelings a woman may have when she is trying to live up to the standards of daily life as a daughter, mother and wife.”
A “Dynamic Architecture … Architecture that Doesn’t Stand Still” exhibit also is being displayed at the gallery. The exhibit includes five student models that independently move.
On Monday, Dec. 22, and Tuesday, Dec. 23, the gallery and store will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery and store will be closed from Wednesday, Dec. 24, at noon to Monday, Dec. 29, and on Jan. 1. The gallery and store will be open Tuesday, Dec. 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will keep those hours until Friday, Jan. 2.
For more information on the gallery and its exhibits, contact Esther Hockett at 1-8239 or visit the gallery Web page at mu.ndsu.edu/gallery/exhibits_and_artists.