OPENING RECEPTION: August 29th 5-7pm
LOCATION: Hammes Gallery, Moreau Art Galleries,
Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN
Paul Campbell and Dominic Paul Moore introduce contemporary portraiture through sources from increasingly popular internet social environments and bring transitory self-absorbed profiles into the white static walls of Hammes Gallery. In the two-person ehibition entitled Profile Me" curated by Sara Ebers, Campbell and Moore offer different perspectives and objectives to this current trend.
Paul Campbell represented by Roebling Hall in New York and Drabinsky Gallery in Toronto, remarks on cyber identity with his dynamic, vibrant oil on canvas figurative portraits sourced from the online community Facebook. Depicting the emotions and energy of unique profiles, Campbell emphasizes the individual's desire of portraying personality through a self appointed profile picture. The final result ultimately deteriorates one's personally chosen indentification into a material object.
Dominic Paul Moore, represented by Packer Schopf Gallery in Chicago, captures a darker side of profiling. Gathering his sources from My(death)Space, a site listing the obituaries of members from the online community MySpace, Moore creates photo-realistic gouache and graphite drawings. Moore grapples with universal human aspects of life and death and how the ramifications of these online identity decisions are affected in the fleeting world one leaves behind.
Campbell and Moore make tangible the intangible and raise issues of identification and social interactions as these virtual profiles are removed from screen to canvas and from your monitor to gallery walls.