SCF Fine Art Gallery to Feature "Masterworks: Googlepaedic Narrations and the Dysfunction of Damage"
(Bradenton, Fla., December 9, 2011) —State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will display work by artist Shaurya Kumar, assistant professor, printmaking, from the University of New Mexico in an opening reception from 6 - 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan.13, in the Fine Art Gallery at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West, building 11 North.
The exhibit, "Masterworks: Googlepaedic Narrations and the Dysfunction of Damage," portrays the nature of change using a combination of traditional and digital image-making processes to manipulate images from Indian art history, including temples, murals, and traditional paintings. Through this distorted translation of Indian cultural history, he depicts the “Googlization” of modern society, which is characterized by an increased dependence on Google and its products for information and virtual experience.
Kumar earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Delhi and a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the University of Tennessee. He served as assistant professor at Bowling Green State University, adjunct professor at the University of Delhi, research assistant at the University of Tennessee, and research associate at the National Institute of Design.
Kumar has been involved in prestigious research projects on handicraft traditions in the Indian states of Orissa, Jharkhand and Delhi, including a government-funded project, “Handmade in India,” which was an encyclopedia on the handicraft traditions of India released in 2008. Kumar also contributed to film productions on the history of art in India.
Exhibit dates are Jan. 13 - Feb. 15. Gallery hours are Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. For more information, call Joe Loccisano, gallery manager, at 941-752-5225. Maps and directions are online at scf.edu/maps.