Exhibit by Genevieve Waller “Targets and Monstrances”

Image by Genevieve WallerUniversity of Rochester graduate student Genevieve Waller will exhibit “Targets and Monstrances,” a playful tribute to two kinds of circular forms traditionally associated with power, at the University of Rochester Medical Center. The exhibit, a set of sculpture installations, will be held at Edward G. Miner Library from December 6, 2010, through January 28, 2011. There will be a closing reception on Wednesday, January 26, 2011, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public.

Targets are familiar to us as the concentric circles that we associate with firing ranges, dartboards, and a certain retail store. They have been a favorite trope for modern artists since Jasper Johns (b. 1930, U.S.) and Kenneth Noland (1924-2010, U.S.) began to paint them in the 1950s and made them part of the vocabulary of “geometric abstraction.” Monstrances may be less familiar. They are the gold and silver sunbursts used in Catholic ceremonies to display the relics of saints and the Eucharist bread during Mass. The term “monstrance” comes from the Latin verb monstrare, which means “to show,” and like the target, the monstrance focuses our attention on its center, serving as a decorative frame that adds glamour to its contents or even outshines that which it is intended to highlight.

Drawing on these two structures and their common associations, Genevieve Waller has created a series of works that turn two-dimensional painted targets into relief sculptures and monstrances of real gold into homemade sunbursts. Using items like Styrofoam, tinsel, sequins, and yarn, she has fashioned new kinds of targets and monstrances that combine the seriousness of their subject matter—objects associated with weaponry and religion—with playful, inexpensive materials—craft supplies usually identified with children and dismissed as unimportant.

Genevieve Waller is a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Visual & Cultural Studies Program at the University of Rochester’s River Campus. Originally from Wichita, Kansas, she received a B.A. in Art History from Wichita State University and a M.F.A. in Photography and Art History from Ohio University. Her current scholarly research focuses on “camp”—the aesthetic that values artifice, decoration, extravagance, and gender bending, and which is often affiliated with gay male culture.

Edward G. Miner Library is located at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Room 1-6221 on the first floor. Exhibit hours are Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; Sunday, noon-10:00 p.m. Call 585-275-3361 for holiday hours or visit www.urmc.rochester.edu/miner.

For more information>>  http://genevievewaller.blogspot.com/

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