The Department of Art & Art History is pleased to present “Self Help Book Club” on view on January 17–February 26, with a reception on January 20, 5:30-7:30 PM at the Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery. This exhibition features new works created by five first year MFA students. Ben Bigelow, Chris Duncan, Terry Powers, Greg Stimac, and Dawn Weleski present a body of work in diverse media – 16mm film, video, painting, installation, and collaborative performance – and each artist takes a familiar medium and pushes the possibilities of content, presentation, and methodology.
In The Lonesome Foghorn Blows, Ben Bigelow excavates an elusive Americana of the psyche through a rhythmic video tryptic.
Chris Duncan plays with scale and vertigo in a large, 14 ft x 14 ft celestial painting called Painting 2011 that challenges the viewer’s perception of space.
Terry Powers’ two large paintings on canvas depict his introspective forays into painterly narrative that attempt to resist interpretation.
Greg Stimac has abandoned his usual road trip to explore an American icon through his virtual travels of the U.S.
Dawn Weleski travels far afield to create an interactive and participatory work derived from remnants gathered during an artist residency that took her to Tahrir Square in Cairo.
The Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 AM–5 PM, and Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 PM. Admission is free. The Gallery is located in the Stanford campus, off Palm Drive at 419 Lasuen Mall. Parking is free after 4 PM and all day on weekends. Information: (650) 723-2842