Wildlife Fashion Art Safari, in the Gallery at 3S Artspace Press ReleaseDecember 12, 2018
3S Artspace Presents:
Wildlife Fashion Art Safari, in the Gallery at 3S Artspace
Featuring the works of Peter Morgan and Adam Hinterlang
PORTSMOUTH — 3S Artspace announces the upcoming exhibit in the Gallery at 3S Artspace: Wildlife Fashion Art Safari, works by Peter Morgan and Adam Hinterlang. The exhibit opens Jan. 4 with an Artists’ Opening Reception held the same day, from 5-8pm. Wildlife Fashion Art Safari will be on exhibit through Jan. 27. Exhibits at 3S Artspace are free and open to the public.
Wildlife Fashion Art Safari began in the summer of 2005 as a collaboration between ceramicist Peter Morgan and new media artist Adam Hinterlang. The two met in graduate school at Alfred University. “We’d get into shenanigans and exchange ideas. We lamented about being broke all the time when we came up with a scheme,” said Hinterlang.
The original principal was to take fashionable, trendy colors of the day, like pink and brown for example, and apply them to silhouetted images of animals in action poses based on inspiration found in Zoobooks and internet research they had done. This project brought together both artists’ interest in animals and color theory.
Initially, the goal was to produce the imagery as “hot ticket fashionable items like bags,” said Hinterlang. “But we never got there. We just ripped a bunch of prints.”
The project grew and the digital prints transitioned to incorporate Morgan’s background as a ceramicist. The project developed into large ceramic tile panels focusing on the unique color, depth, and material phenomenology of the ceramic process including the optical and perceptive properties of different glaze combinations.
The process for producing the pieces for Wildlife Fashion Art Safari varies from piece to piece. “We both think about the material differently,” Hinterlang said. “Sometimes it’s a digital projection painted onto tiles, or sometimes each individual tile in a piece is its own separate image that we have to sculpt.”
Ceramic glazes are just one factor of how Wildlife Fashion Art Safari focuses on perception. The optical effects that can accompany color theory are another defining characteristic of this exhibit. The artists encourage viewers to experience the “after image” phenomenon created from viewing these vibrant works.
Hinterlang’s video background made him interested in experimental flicker films from the 1960s and how a rapid succession of changes in bright light tones can burn an image into the back of the eyelids as the eyes adjust. Viewers can experience this for themselves in WFAS. “I like the idea of viewing something that has a physical impact,” Hinterlang said.
Visitors are encouraged to take another pass at the WFAS exhibit with the aid of 3D or anaglyph glasses. Morgan and Hinterlang stumbled upon this layer of optical effects by accident when exhibiting in Providence. “At a previous event in the gallery where we were exhibiting, someone had tucked a pair of 3D glasses up in a chandelier. We saw them, grabbed them, put them on and realized instantly it made the colors really pop and added one more dimension to the experience,” Hinterlang said.
Wildlife Fashion Art Safari begins the 2019 season in the Gallery. “This exhibit was chosen for the Gallery at 3S for many reasons,” said Beth Falconer, Executive Director of 3S Artspace. “The unique use of ceramics and the large scale of the pieces makes it such a great way to start the new year. We also have programming in the Gallery in January that intersects with Wildlife Fashion Art Safari.” Musicians, practitioners, and participants of the Sound Body mindfulness workshops on Sundays will react to the energy of the pieces and incorporate it into their experience through meditation and music. Kids and parents are also encouraged to put on a pair of 3D glasses and immerse themselves in the exhibit during family friendly dance party, Roller Coaster on Jan. 12.
As for the types of pieces in the exhibit, expect vibrantly colored tiles arranged six feet wide in “Techno Blackbirds,” a “Chartreuse Moose,” a “Disco Mammoth” to name a few. “There’s something religious about [“Disco Mammoth”] with the color banding around it that makes me think a bit of the Hindu god, Ganesh,” said Hinterlang. “There are little moments like that throughout. We want people to have an encounter, an experience.”
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Wildlife Fashion Art Safari Exhibition Dates: January 4 - 27Wildlife Fashion Art Safari Opening Artists Reception: Friday, January 4 from 5-8pmContact:Beth Falconer, Executive Director(603) 766-3330