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University Galleries, Illinois State University College of Fine Arts

Exhibition Detail
The House of the Seven Gables
Curated by: Kendra Paitz
110 Center for the Visual Arts
Normal , Illinois 61790-5620


February 23rd, 2013 - April 7th, 2013
Opening: 
February 23rd, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Our Lady of the Flowers, installed in The House of the Seven Gables, University Galleries of Illinois State University, Bill CongerBill Conger,
Our Lady of the Flowers, installed in The House of the Seven Gables, University Galleries of Illinois State University,
2013, flowers, ceramic vases, 36"h x 6"w x 6"d
© Bill Conger
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sculpture, figurative, abstract, realism, conceptual, installation, digital, photography
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nspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1851 novel of the same name, "The House of the Seven Gables" features contemporary artists who explore themes of haunting, portraiture and the architectural uncanny. The titular mansion in the book embodies generations of violence, superstition, melancholy, repressed memories, and ancestral guilt for the Pyncheon family. Serving as a repository of memory and atonement, the house itself functions as a portrait of the family's collective trauma. Written concurrently with the rise of daguerreotype photography—and notably featuring an ever-shifting oil portrait, a fetishized miniature pencil drawing, and daguerreotypes made by a central character—the modes of representation Hawthorne references in the book become increasingly more modern to reflect the passage of generations. As in the novel, a rumination on the passage of time, and an encapsulation of the unhomely pervades the work in the exhibition.


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