CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present "Drop Shadow" by UNI professor of art Aaron Wilson and "Visions" by UNI assistant professor of art Noah Doely from Monday, Aug. 20, through Saturday, Sept. 29. The opening reception is 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28, in the Kamerick Art Building south lobby. Artist Doely will present a gallery talk titled "Degrees of Certainty" at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25, in the gallery, which is in the Kamerick Art Building, Room 113.
"Drop Shadow" consists of many newly exhibited drawings and prints created over the last decade. The concepts of originality and reproduction are recurring themes in the exhibition, with the simultaneous use of drawing and printmaking processes in many of the works. A foreboding quality permeates the exhibition through pervasive use of dark imagery. It is a reminder that visual representation is one of the most powerful and subversive cultural mechanisms, used by power structures to promote themselves or denigrate others. Cataclysmic events are referenced throughout many of the pieces, not as a reminder of the tragedies and triumphs of history, but as proof of constant upheaval. Wilson’s exhibition ponders the link between superstition and representation through depictions of time, history and repetition.
"Visions" is comprised of several different bodies of work that combine photography, sculpture, video and found objects to explore the paradoxical relationship between seeing and belief. Cave dioramas recorded with a pinhole camera produce illusory worlds of seemingly authentic primordial landscapes, while digital photo collages, created by manipulating butterfly wing patterns into new configurations, explore the relationship between color and perception. The act of identifying bird species serves as a means to complicate the notion of an authentic visual encounter, which Doely explores through subjects such as the ivory-billed woodpecker. The exhibition highlights mediated examples of natural phenomena to underline the precarious nature of subjective experience. With items curated from the collection of the UNI Museum. This work supported in part by a 2018 artist fellowship grant from the Iowa Arts Council.
All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; noon to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and by appointment. Please note, the gallery will be closed Sept. 3 for Labor Day. For additional information, visit www.uni.edu/art/gallery.html or contact Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, at 319-273-6134 or firstname.lastname@example.org.