UDALLAS Release: University of Dallas Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery Presents 'site_midnight_sun>>orangegreengrey'
Collaborative Exhibition Glows with Midnight Sun of Iceland
IRVING, TX (11/29/2017) The University of Dallas Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery proudly announces a new collaborative exhibition, "site_midnight_sun>>orangegreengrey," featuring the dynamic "Drone Beuys" Nick Bontrager and Adam Fung. Both artists will share details of their latest Icelandic expedition during an artist talk on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, at 5 p.m. in the Haggar Auditorium in the Art Village on the University of Dallas campus, followed by a reception in the gallery.
The exhibition "site_midnight_sun>>orangegreengrey" takes its inspiration from the unique color palette created by the light phenomena and unique landscape of Iceland. The exhibition will remain available for viewing through Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018.
Bontrager and Fung arrived at the Herhús (known as the "Armyhouse") in Siglufjördur, Iceland, on the first day of the naturally occurring midnight sun. While there, the artists experienced 24 hours of daylight for nearly the entire duration of their three-week stay, allowing them seemingly endless opportunities for exploration and study of the landscape as well as time spent painting, drawing, capturing aerial footage, laser-scanning the landscape and taking photographs.
The exhibition affords gallery visitors the unique opportunity to witness how these artists engage with nearly every element of their environment to offer new perspectives by utilizing technology and capturing aerial drone footage. A central gallery installation is staged in a darkened space with large moving images alongside sculptures and photographic artwork on gold foil paper. Also, following the tradition of an artistic expedition (with a nod to the German performing artist Joseph Beuys), materials and imagery are incorporated into multifaceted field sketches to suggest open-ended, ongoing possibilities.
The artistic "Drone Beuys" duo operates at the intersection of art, science and technology by engaging with unfamiliar environments to produce unexpected results. Bontrager and Fung both currently serve as assistant professors of art at Texas Christian University and have exhibited widely in the region.
The Haggerty Gallery is proud to host this exhibition in conjunction with a partnering show presented by Collin College, "site_fjord_fjall>>blueblackgreen," which is available for viewing now through Dec. 8, 2017, at The Arts Gallery in Plano.
About the Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery
The Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery is located in the Art History Building at the corner of Gorman Drive and Haggar Circle on the University of Dallas campus at 1845 E. Northgate Drive in Irving. The gallery, which is part of the university's Haggerty Art Village, is free and open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. For more gallery information, visit www.udallas.edu/gallery or call 972-721-5087.
About the University
The University of Dallas, located in a metropolitan area of nearly 7 million people, is a leading Catholic university widely recognized for academic excellence by well-known publications, organizations and accrediting bodies. It offers distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs in the liberal arts, business and ministry that are characterized by academic rigor, an exceptional faculty and a commitment to shaping principled leaders in the Catholic intellectual tradition. For more information, visit www.udallas.edu.