‘Paradox and Conformity’ Exhibit in Foreman Gallery Through Thursday

October 11, 2011

The Foreman Gallery, located in the Anderson Center for the Arts on the Hartwick College campus is hosting an exhibition of works, Paradox and Conformity, by artist Richard Deon through October 13, 2011. 

"Richard Deon has explored the visual style and methods employed by textbook illustrators from the 1950s," said Tom Piche of the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art. "Deon draws on the methods used by the textbook artist who sought to introduce school-aged children to public institutions, politics and history. Deon arranges figures with implicit cultural connotations in situations that mimic the civic and didactic. Through aesthetic nonsensical juxtapositions, Deon allows conflicting images and ideas to coexist without resolution"

Deon has been exhibited at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, the Katonah Museum of Art, Marist College, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, and the Arts Exchange Building of ArtsWestchester, White Plains.  His work is included in a number of private and public permanent collections and he has received commissions from New York City's Public Art Fun and the Metropolitan Transit Authority. Deon received his BFA from The School of Visual Arts, Manhattan.

Concurrently, exhibiting on the gallery mezzanine is Skeleton in the Closet. Twenty powerful photographs by Fritz Liedtke depict the emotional, physical and social issues of those suffering with eating disorders. In the United States as many as 10 million females and 1 million males are fighting to survive an eating disorder such as bulimia or anorexia.  With the accompanying audio component to this exhibit one may hear the voice of those who have suffered with this disease; learn to recognize or overcome it. Skeleton in the Closet is supported by the Foreman Institute for the Creative and Performing Arts, Hartwick College Wellness Education and the Department of Nursing.

An opening reception for both exhibits will be held September 15 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Richard Deon will present a gallery talk at 5 p.m.

For more information, contact the Department of Art and Art History at 607-431-4825.

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Contact: Christopher Lott
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