SCF, Manatee-Sarasota Fine Art Gallery Opens “Inward Eye” Exhibit

(Bradenton, Fla., Jan. 12, 2017) — The Fine Art Gallery at the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will host a reception 8-10 p.m. Feb 17 for its newest exhibit, “Richard Anuszkiewicz: Inward Eye.”

The exhibit, opening Jan. 20, is being done in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Florida Section of the MAA Mathematical Association of America Conference hosted by SCF’s Mathematics Department. This year's conference emphasizes the relationship of art to math. Dr. Joni Pirnot, SCF Professor of Mathematics and Past President of the Florida Section of the MAA, will offer remarks at the gallery reception.

The exhibit focuses on innovation and borrows the example of “Inward Eye” by Anuszkiewicz, whose images demonstrate how visual art and technology can be used to transform contemporary thought. “Inward Eye,” consisting of 11 innovative screen-printed images and printed words by William Blake, is a testament to how seemingly unrelated subjects and their applications can be combined to create new associations and new modes of thinking.

Born in 1930, Anuszkiewicz is an American printmaker, painter and sculptor whose hard-edged, intricate geometric designs and color combinations explore visual perception. “I’m interested in making something romantic out of a very, very mechanistic geometry,” Anuszkiewicz said in creating his work. “Geometry and color represent to me an idealized, classical place that’s very clear and very pure.”

“Inward Eye” includes the words of Blake, poet, painter, and printmaker of the Romantic Age who worked creatively against the theories of the Rationalists of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Anuszkiewicz’s images, like mathematics, are exacting and dispassionate, yet they also are highly creative and visually striking. Skillfully planned and executed, Anuszkiewicz’s images allow him to focus solely on color. Together with Blake’s words, these images produce associations that transform meaning.

The exhibit runs through March 1. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday. Group tours are available by appointment. 

The Fine Art Gallery is in SCF’s Neel Performing Arts Center, building 11 North, Room 125. During the construction of SCF’s new Library & Learning Center, parking for SCF’s Neel Performing Arts Center will be west of Building 11, in Parking Lot I. Entrance to the auditorium remains on the east side of the building, with a drop-off area directly to the south of the front doors. Signs along 60th Avenue West and the drive lanes on campus guide patrons to the drop-off area and parking.

For more information, contact Joseph Loccisano, gallery manager, at 941-752-5225. 

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