PORTALES—Eastern New Mexico University is set to display the gallery art show “Axiom of Gesture” from Friday, Sept. 3, to Wednesday, Sept. 29 in the Runnel’s Gallery in Golden Library on the Portales campus. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday (Sept. 3) from 5-7 p.m. in the Runnel’s Gallery.
The art submitted to the national juried show was required to be digital in some form and the artists chose to use digital photography, mixed media and film animation – including 3D animation with 3D glasses. According to Bryan Hahn, secretary to the Department of Art, he conceptualized the idea of the show as “exploring the artistic interpretation of human movement and how people move through time and space.” Hahn was pleasantly surprised as artists interpreted the concept to be geared toward the progress of humankind.
The most unique element of this show, according to Hahn, is the nature of the showing. With the many film and animation pieces submitted, Hahn has worked to create a more interactive gallery showing. “This is the first venture – and hopefully the first of many to come – that we have a show of total digital work and one that was open to film and animation,” says Hahn. Golden Library has collaborated with Runnells Gallery to help.
Hahn says that the digital submissions are not geared toward commercial products—as many other shows have been in the past. “We are in a digital world and, like all artists before, people have adapted to and embraced this very diverse media to express their personal artistic voice and ascetic,” says Hahn. The interplay of traditional approaches of the use of color, light, composition, scale and other techniques are incorporated in the show.
Hahn is dedicated to creating a gallery show which will entice viewers to come to their own conclusions about the art and enrich their personal experience. “It is important to us that we are able to bring a diverse, well-rounded experience to all our gallery patrons,” says Hahn. “This is step in strengthening and expanding that commitment.”
For more information about Axiom of Gesture, contact Hahn at 575-562-2778.